IBM Takes Aim at Next Gen IPS Market
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The IBM Security Network Protection XGS 5000 is first in the new product family that aims to go beyond what IBM's traditional IPS devices have provided to date with a deeper and more integrated level of threat intelligence.
he XGS series is intended to initially supplement and perhaps one day replace, IBM's GX series of network security appliances.
"It's a new class of device," Joe Anthony, Director, Threat Protection Product Management, IBM Security Systems, told EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet. "We think it will complement exsiting IPS deployments, but as it comes time for a refresh for existing IPS, some customers will want to replace with the next gen IPS."
Antony noted that the next gen IPS provides additional visibility and control. He added that there is also better level of application awareness.
"Previously for applications that we did define, we would allow people to either allow them or block them," Anthony said. "We did not open up the application and provide the granular control, so for example you could treat the marketing organization differently from the engineering organization."
In addition to group based management, the next gen IPS also has granular control around specific individuals and application actions.
In comparison to the IBM Network IPS GX 7800 which is at the top end of the currrent IBM IPS portfolio, there are a number of key differences. The GX 7800is a 20 Gbps Linux powered system that got its last major update in 2011. The new XGS 5000 is also Linux based.