As part of an effort to equip IT organizations with security products that can stand up to the rigors of brute force attacks, IBM has unveiled the IBM Network Intrusion Protection System (IPS) GX7800.
Launched this week at RSA Conference 2011, the new 10 Gigabit Ethernet IPS from IBM operates at 20Gbps-per-second, which IBM claims is twice as fast as any other IPS.
According to Marc van Zadelhoff, director of IBM Security Services in the company's Global Technology Services unit, the GX7800 builds on IPS technology that IBM acquired when it bought Internet Security Systems (IIS).
An IPS of this class has traditionally been sold to Internet service providers and hosting companies, but with the advent of private cloud computing van Zadelhoff says it's more than likely that some of the larger IT organizations will soon discover that they will need more robust security infrastructure to fend off persistent security attacks aimed at concentrated installations of IT infrastructure.
While there is currently a general move towards consolidating security gateways, van Zadelhoff says that large IT organizations still have a need for dedicated devices such as the GX7800 in order to make sure application performance on the network is not compromised.