A Software Blade is a security application or module such as a firewall, Virtual Private Network (VPN), Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), or Application Control to name a few, that is independent, modular and centrally managed. They allow organizations to customize a security configuration that targets the right mix of protection and investment. Software Blades can be quickly enabled and configured on any gateway or management system with a simple click of a mouse—no hardware, firmware or driver upgrades required. And as needs evolve, additional Software Blades can be easily activated to extend security to an existing configuration on the same security hardware.
Check Point invented the stateful firewall technology and brought it to market they also realized that additional security software would be needed to be integrated into the security gateways, they arrived at a very unique software blade architecture that allowed customers to add more security technology to the same security gateway without any compromise to security performance. This allowed you to add in integrated access control technologies like application control and URL filtering to safeguard employees from risky sites. Our security now extends from corporate headquarters to remote mobile devices with unified policy management for network and mobile employees. And we offer our gateway appliance solutions to support the smallest of small businesses to the very largest of companies.