March 19, 2003

SnapGear Unveils PCI630 - Stateful Firewall NIC

Miles Gillham writes "Powered by embedded Linux, the PCI card revolutionizes enterprise server and deskop security by providing host operating system independent stateful firewall and VPN protection.

SnapGear Inc., a leading supplier of Internet security products and OEMable solutions, has unveiled the first fully isolated stateful firewall PCI device. The device offers full on-board multi-VPN capabilities for secure access and communication.

In a world first, SnapGear announced that they have transformed their popular SME security technology into a NIC PCI footprint, allowing enterprise to secure servers and even desktops with advanced security that operates independently of the host operating system.

The SnapGear PCI630 is a VPN Firewall PCI card that offloads all firewall and VPN processing from the host computer to the card yielding greater performance, higher security, remote management, and simplified installation. Unlike "co-processing" products on the market, the PCI630 is an advanced self-contained VPN and stateful firewall multi-tasking network computer. A key advantage of the device is that it is independently manageable which gives network administrators the ability to mitigate intrusion by isolating affected systems.

Rick Stevenson, CEO of SnapGear, said "As security threats continue to increase in frequency and sophistication security regimes must evolve rapidly just to stay in the race.
The PCI630 is the first in a range of new products from SnapGear that
will provide the ability to incorporate security at previously unprotected
interfaces inside enterprise and SME networks, enhancing the ability to
construct multilayered security architectures. The use of an
autonomous security processor based on a hardened embedded Linux operating
system and non-x86 CPU is particularly beneficial for protecting Wintel

In addition, DMZ-based servers with two PCI630 cards will allow remote access to network services while being effectively sandwiched between two integral VPN Firewall appliances. By taking advantage of the inherent VPN remote-remote access capabilities of the card, server administrators are able to allow remote users secure access to DMZ-based hosts and application gateways with greater security and risk management.

Pricing and Availability

The SnapGear PCI630 has a recommended retail price of US$299 and is available world-wide from early April 2003. The product datasheet is available at

About SnapGear, Inc.

SnapGear Inc. produces SnapGear VPN Firewall Appliances designed to provide Internet security and privacy of communications for business use. SnapGear Inc. also does complete custom engineering and provides turnkey development, design, manufacturing, and fulfillment services for a variety of customers around the globe. For more information on SnapGear products and services please visit

"SnapGear" is a trademark of SnapGear Inc. All other products, services, companies and publications are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


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