Check Point Software launches Quantum Lightspeed Firewalls

QLS800 from Check Point Software

Editor’s brief: Firewalls are the foundation of enterprise cybersecurity, even if they don’t seem to capture the imagination of media and users alike these days. However, leading cybersecurity stalwart Check Point Software has never stopped innovating every part of the cybersecurity food chain, including firewalls. As the pioneer in stateful inspection, Check Point Software has come a long way. Now, Check Point Software launches the Quantum Lightspeed Firewalls, with ASIC technology developed by leading chipmaker NVIDIA. Read more below.

SINGAPORE Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, has extended the Check Point Quantum portfolio with Quantum Lightspeed Firewalls to introduce the biggest network security revolution in the last decade.

Quantum Lightspeed sets the standard for firewall performance to enable Hyper-fast data centre security for every enterprise:

  • 5 times better firewall throughput – Up to 3 Tbps per system / 800 Gbps per single gateway
  • 10 times faster – Ultra-low latency at 3 microseconds
  • 20 times better price performance than competing solutions

A hybrid architecture combining on-premises and cloud operations is rapidly replacing the traditional data center as a result of the rise of distributed SaaS applications and the need to better support remote workers. The challenge for businesses of all sizes is to provide network-speed security for their data centers as network traffic doubles every three years.

Check Point Quantum Lightspeed, powered by cutting-edge NVIDIA ASIC technology, provides enterprises with groundbreaking firewall performance, enabling them to support elephant flows and securely transfer terabytes of data in minutes rather than hours. In addition to enabling financial institutions to process millions of high-frequency trades in a secure manner with microsecond-latency, this technology also enables any business to offer quick access for remote users and to support businesses experiencing rapid expansion.

“As more enterprises rely on their hybrid data centres to conduct business transactions, they need to implement a solution with network security speed,” said Dr. Dorit Dor, Chief Product Officer at Check Point.  “Our goal was to design a solution that would work in the most demanding data centres which require high security throughput, low latency and can expand on demand to support rapid growth. Check Point Quantum Lightspeed hyper-fast firewalls deliver line-rate firewall performance at the speed of the network, setting a new standard in cybersecurity performance.”

“AI, 5G and the proliferation of smart devices are just some of the trends propelling enormous growth in data centre traffic and creating new cybersecurity challenges for enterprise,” said Michael Kagan CTO at NVIDIA. “NVIDIA turbocharges zero-trust security in the data centre and enables innovators such as Check Point to develop next-generation solutions like the Check Point Quantum Lightspeed security gateway, powered by the extreme performance of the NVIDIA ConnectX SmartNIC.”

“Enterprises that have distributed hybrid data centres and applications need data centre security that performs at the speed of their business, needing to securely accelerate data transfers between applications, other data centres, and backups to the hybrid cloud,” said Frank Dickson, IDC Vice President of Security and Trust. “Check Point Quantum Lightspeed hyper-fast firewalls deliver data centre security performance at the speed of the network, enabling enterprises to transfer hundreds of terabytes of data in minutes instead of hours, provide low latency for high frequency financial transactions, while also scaling security on demand to support high growth businesses like online commerce.”

Check Point Quantum Lightspeed Security Gateways™ are available now from our global network of partners. For product specifications or to learn more about functionality, please visit: