Denomination:Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Firewall
|Model:Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Firewall Services Module|
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Firewall Services Module
Better Security, Reliability, and Performance
Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM)—a high-speed, integrated
firewall module for Cisco Catalyst 6500 switches and Cisco 7600
Series routers—provides the fastest firewall data rates in the
industry: 5-Gbps throughput, 100,000 CPS, and 1M concurrent
connections. Up to four FWSMs can be installed in a single chassis,
providing scalability to 20 Gbps per chassis. Based on Cisco PIX
Firewall technology, the Cisco FWSM offers large enterprises and
service providers unmatched security, reliability, and performance.
The Cisco FWSM includes a number of advanced features that help
reduce costs and operational complexity while enabling
organizations to manage multiple firewalls from the same management
platform. Features such as resource manager helps organizations
limit the resources allocated to any security context at any time
thus ensuring that one security context does not interfere with
another. The transparent firewall feature configures the FWSM to
act as a Layer 2 bridging firewall resulting in minimal changes to
The Cisco FWSM also offers:
An integrated module: Installed inside a Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series
Switch or Cisco 7600 Internet Router, the FWSM allows any port on
the device to operate as a firewall port and integrates firewall
security inside the network infrastructure.
Compatibility with future versions: The FWSM can handle up to 5
Gbps of traffic, providing unsurpassed performance to meet future
requirements without requiring a system overhaul. Up to three
additional FWSMs can be added to the Catalyst 6500 to achieve 10
Gigabit plus scalability.
Enhanced reliability: The FWSM is based on Cisco PIX technology and
uses the same time-tested Cisco PIX Operating System, a secure,
real-time operating system.
Lower cost of ownership: The FWSM offers among the best price to
performance ratios of any firewall. Since FWSM is based on the
Cisco PIX Firewall, the cost of training and management is lower,
and because it is integrated in the chassis, there are fewer boxes
Ease of use: The PIX Device Manager's (PDM) intuitive graphical
user interface (GUI) can be used to manage and configure the
features within the FWSM. The FWSM can now be managed using the
Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) V5.2F as well.
Efficiency and productivity gains: Virtualized FWSM delivers
multiple firewalls on one physical hardware platform. Network
administrators can configure, deploy, and manage these functions as
if they were separate devices. Using virtualization to reduce the
number of physical devices in a network significantly reduces the
cost and complexity of managing network infrastructure.