The notion of entry-level in IPS is also a relative one -- the IPSx250 starter kit price is $18,245 including a sensor. This rises to $35,245 for the IPSx1000. Even larger SMEs might not see this sort of expenditure as a priority.
Meanwhile, other vendors are trying to sell IPS to SMEs by the back door in Unified Threat Management (UTM) systems that bundle up a range of security technology into one system. Sourcefire IPSx is an example of a very different outlook, that of the standalone 'box of magic' philosophy.
Available from early May along with the 8000 Series, IPSx comes in three models, capable of 250Mbps, 500Mbps and 1Gbps throughput, with a separate management console.
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