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Check Point Targets Low Latency Environments with ‘Security Acceleration Module’

New Security Acceleration Module Boasts 108 Security Cores for High Performance in Low Latency Environments

Network security firm Check Point Software Technologies on Thursday introduced a new “Security Acceleration Module” that features purpose-built hardware in order to achieve high performance firewall throughput with very low latency. The module is designed to be an add-on to the Check Point 21400 Appliance.

Targeted for customers that require high-performance and low latency environments, the Security Acceleration Module provides customers with up to 110 Gbps of firewall throughput and sub-five micro second (5 µs) latency from a two rack-unit.

CheckPoint 21400 ApplianceFor example, in high frequency trading operations when a fraction of a second can have a big impact on profits, a high-speed connection with low network latency is critical.

The on-board, purpose-built SecurityCore™ hardware makes use of parallel processing to accelerate key security operations. Boasting 108 security cores, Check Point says network security traffic can be offloaded from the general purpose CPU to the Security Acceleration Module, an ideal architecture for customers that need to to run many security functions in highly-demanding environments.

"Many companies running high-performance network applications are faced with the competing demands of security and speed," said Dorit Dor, vice president of products at Check Point Software Technologies.

According to the company’s numbers, the Check Point 21400 with the acceleration module enables customers to achieve a session rate of 300,000 connections per second and a forwarding rate of 60 million packets per second, still with only microseconds of network latency.

More about the Check Point Security Acceleration Module is available here, and information on the Check Point 21400 Appliance is available here

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.