Sun Microsystems, Symantec Release iForce Intrusion Detection Appliance

4/15/2003 - Building upon a common commitment to provide products and solutions to manage security threats while reducing infrastructure costs, Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) announced he planned release of iForce Intrusion Detection Appliance, Powered by Sun and Symantec, an advanced intrusion detection appliance that addresses enterprise and service providers' increasing security needs.

"Today's sophisticated blended network attacks can cost companies lost business, diminish customer confidence, intellectual property losses, legal liabilities, and the time and money spent recovering from the attack," said Charles Kolodgy, research director for Security Products at IDC. "The Sun and Symantec intrusion detection appliance provides another layer of security to complement most of the existing customer deployments that contain only firewalls and some signature-based intrusion detection systems."

The iForce IDS Appliance, Powered by Sun and Symantec is a best-in-class solution that extends the networks ability to detect intrusions in the enterprise that may cause service downtime and lost business opportunities. It profiles network traffic and identifies intrusions by implementing advanced protocol anomaly detection, traffic state profiling and statistical flow analysis. The iForce IDS Appliance combines Sun's x86-based server, running the enterprise-class Solaris Operating System [OS] x86 Platform Edition, with Symantec ManHunt, a network-based intrusion detection system, to protect vital information infrastructures with enterprise-wide high-speed multi-gigabit detection, real-time threat analysis, and policy-based responses to guard against intrusions and attacks. The IDS appliance gathers intelligence from across the enterprise to quickly identify and respond to both known and unknown or "zero day" attacks at speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second, depending on select configurations.

"With the recent release of the Solaris OS x86 Platform Edition, Sun has enabled solutions such as the iForce IDS Appliance with enterprise class security and availability on commodity hardware," said Stuart Wells, senior vice president, Market Development Organization, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "This pre-tested, and configured appliance from Sun and Symantec demonstrates Sun's focus on resolving complex problems for customers while reducing their costs."

"Symantec is pleased to partner with Sun to deliver an enterprise-class intrusion detection appliance that protects information infrastructures," said Frank Huerta, vice president product delivery, intrusion detection at Symantec. "The iForce IDS Appliance, Powered by Sun and Symantec is a key component of an overall security strategy that includes protection at every tier of the network."

The appliance makes it easy for customers to buy a complete integrated solution. The solution provides a number of capabilities and features:

Availability and Support
The iForce IDS Appliance, Powered by Sun and Symantec is planned to feature four models to address a wide range of enterprise requirements and be available starting at a suggested price of $21,995. It is scheduled to initially be available and supported in North America in April 2003. The appliance will be distributed through Arrow Electronics' MOCA division and sold to authorized resellers. For more information, please visit

About the Solaris Operating System
The Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) is the premiere OS for the enterprise. With over 300 new features, the Solaris 9 OS is the most scalable, available, manageable and secure services platform for the networked world. By focusing on industry standards, the Internet, innovation and integration, the Solaris 9 OS delivers a documented lower cost of operation. The Solaris OS is the leading UNIX[r] platform operating system with Sun servers owning 54 percent worldwide UNIX market share in shipments and 34 percent worldwide UNIX revenue share, according to Gartner Dataquest's 3Q02 Servers Quarterly Statistics.

About Symantec
Symantec, the world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security software and appliance solutions to individuals, enterprises and service providers. The company is a leading provider of client, gateway and server security solutions for virus protection, firewall and virtual private network, vulnerability management, intrusion detection, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises and service providers around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products is a leader in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 38 countries. For more information, please visit

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, iForce, The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd. Symantec and the Symantec logo are trademarks or registered trademarks, in the United States and certain other countries, of Symantec Corporation.

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