Cisco updates firewall appliances

Thursday, 20 March 2003, 2:04 PM EST

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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