Cisco updates firewall appliances
Cisco is introducing software upgrades that boost the speed of and allow more concurrent users on some of its low-end PIX firewall appliances.
By virtue of a software upgrade, the performance of the two PIX firewalls, the PIX 501 and PIX 506E, jump fivefold. For example, PIX 501 firewall performance leaps from 10M bit/sec to 50M bit/sec with Cisco PIX OS version 6.3. The upgrade also adds support for advanced encryption standard (AES).
The company is introducing a software license for the PIX 501 that allows unlimited users. Previously, the top number was 50 users. The unlimited license costs $1,000.
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- Review: Cisco Secure PIX Firewalls (28 January 2003)