HP ProCurve Jumps Into The Firewall Market

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Hewlett-Packard’s ambition to offer under-one-roof network security starts with ProCurve Firewall, putting HP head to head with other security vendors.

For instance, the next generation of the ProCurve firewalls will have VPN and IPS built in. The generation after that will have firewall, IPS and VPN functionality integrated into the silicon, making the device a secure blade switch that eliminates the need for layered security devices, says Maurico Sanchez, the chief security architect for HP’s ProCurve division.

With each generation of networking, computing and wireless advancement, HP will embed security into the product to reduce complexity and improve manageability, Sanchez says. The first step in that process is the introduction of the ProCurve 8212 and 5400 Series and availability of new management modules.

“We’re doing a complete refresh of all the networking management, and security will be a big part of that,” says Sanchez. “IT administrators will have all the traditional networking management, and the security management under a single pane of glass. No one else in the industry can do that.”