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Check Point, IBM Expand Enterprise Deal

Net security firm Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Thursday expanded its relationship with IBM Corp. to support IBM's new RS/6000 enterprise servers: models M80, H80 and F80.

The new IBM family of servers adds to the range of scalable IBM platforms for Check Point's security solutions. IBM's new M80 UNIX midrange server with copper chips has set world records for 8-way performance on Java benchmarks, outperforming comparable midrange servers from Sun Microsystems Inc. and others.

In addition to supporting the full range of IBM enterprise servers, Check Point Software and IBM are working together through Check Point's OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) Alliance. Through the OPSEC Alliance, IBM's HACMP high-availability software has been OPSEC certified to work with Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1 enterprise security solutions.

"As a platform for Check Point's secure virtual network, our new enterprise server family addresses the business-critical needs of Internet computing environments," said Mike Kerr, vice president of Web Server products, IBM. "Together, IBM and Check Point deliver leading integrated solutions to meet the varied security needs of e-business."

Check Point's Secure Virtual Network secures business-to-business (B2B) communications between networks, systems, applications and users across the Internet, intranets and extranets.