Network Box will use London’s Infosecurity Show to showcase its new unified threat management (UTM) appliance based around AMD’s 64-bit Opteron chip.

The company claims that the use of AMD’s chips in a managed UTM device is an industry first. The platform, known as the E-1000, will gradually succeed the company’s 32-bit hardware, which has been in use for the last four years and is still used on other products.

The E-1000 uses an open-source-derived kernel, around which is integrated third-party security applications for specific functions such as anti-virus and anti-spam.

Network Box’s Simon Heron emphasised that despite using an all-purpose computing platform, the E-1000 was designed from the ground up to perform its managed security function using the company’s “push” update model.

This provides security updates to the any of the company’s products, regardless of where they happen to be, within one minute of becoming available. The customer need take no action, a feature he described as “true managed services”.

“ASICS are good in certain circumstances, he said, referring to the company’s decision to use the alternative of open hardware as a platform. “(However) the general purpose chips are now highly powerful. I like the idea of an open platform.”

He was scornful of the ASIC approach in UTM devices, which he described as being time-consuming to develop and, consequently, expensive.

The spec of the new box includes firewalling, intrusion detection/prevention, anti-virus, anti-spam, content filtering, VPN, and load balancing, with up to 1 Gigabit device throughput.

Pricing for 400 users is £12,800 for the first year, and £6,500 for every maintenance year thereafter.

Network Box will be on stand 140.