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Scalable X-Series Platform

An open, scalable, network infrastructure solution for best-in-class security applications. Your company’s network security should be tailored to meet your specific requirements. This is why we have created the X-Series—an open, adaptable network security platform, providing blazing-speed, reliable processing and throughput for best-in-class security applications.

The X-Series uses flexible, high-performance network architecture, and consolidates multiple security appliances into a single platform, so you can combine your equipment and eliminate the appliance sprawl that has overtaken data centres nowadays. It frees you to run world-class security applications from Check Point, and allows you to scale up and adapt performance on-demand to match your business needs.

The X-Series Platform provides the following benefits:

Simplification of your data centre security

  • The X-Series platform simplifies your data centre security deployment, by consolidating multiple instances of the Check Point Security Gateway, while eliminating the need for associated switches and load balancers. It dramatically reduces the footprint of network security appliances and associated networking equipment. It also integrates with and enhances existing data centre and network perimeter environments.
  • The dynamic, resilient and virtualised capabilities of the X-Series provide the ability to integrate with existing data centre and perimeter environments and to enhance private cloud deployments. The unique platform quickly enables new security services without the need for redesign, maximising return on investment (ROI) on your network security infrastructure.

Maximisation of service uptime within data centres

  • The X-Series platform is specifically designed to maximise network and service uptime within increasingly demanding data centre environments. Offering unsurpassed operational efficiency, it provides virtually 100% availability for business-critical networks.
  • The dynamic, resilient and virtualised capabilities of the X-Series provide the ability to integrate with existing data centre and perimeter environments and to enhance private cloud deployments. The unique platform quickly enables new security services without the need for redesign, maximising return on investment (ROI) on your network security infrastructure.

How we do it

Secure flow processing

  • Eliminates the need for routers, switches, taps and other equipment, their functions being performed by the X-Series Network Processor Module.
  • Simplifies changing network security applications without changing the network topology.
  • Consolidates security devices and surrounding equipment, reducing the number of devices to manage and making any changes and troubleshooting straightforward.

Virtual application processing

  • Makes it possible to seamlessly implement and scale multiple applications in a single chassis.
  • Allows security application performance to be scaled from 5 to 140 Gbps—so you can keep pace with the most aggressive traffic growth.
  • Makes expansion easy by enabling true linear scalability for multiple applications in a single chassis, eliminating time-consuming and risky forklift upgrades.

Network flow distribution

  • Ensures efficient use of all processing cores, regardless of the source or destination port, yielding consolidation ratios that are impossible with other platforms.
  • Decouples physical ports from processing resources, enabling you to design your security architecture around your existing network.

Adaptive healing technology

  • Enables you to prioritise resources in the event that one or more components fails, reducing the amount of spare equipment sitting idle on the shelf.
  • Gives you the flexibility to customise availability levels from 5-9 redundancy in a single chassis to virtually zero downtime with multiple chassis.
  • Automatically keeps critical environments running at full capacity and provides protection against environmental failure or local disaster.

Thought Leadership: Degrees of Freedom in the Age of Advanced Threats

In statistics, a degree of freedom is a variable in an equation that can change without impacting the outcome. In security, we often struggle to define what variables truly matter and which ones are free to change. Here, Dr. Hugh Thompson looks at how we can identify and leverage degrees of freedom in the age of advanced threats.