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Check Point 13500 Appliance
Blazing fast data center cyber-security

Check Point 13500 Appliance

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Large data centers have uncompromising needs for performance, uptime and scalability. High end security gateway solutions must perform network access control within the unique requirements of these environments while supporting the latest networking standards like IPv6. With the increase in sophisticated attacks, additional security layers such as Identity Awareness, IPS, Application Control, URL Filtering, Antivirus and others are required.

In addition to their vast performance and security needs, data center environments are characterized by rigid requirements for high reliability of its various systems. All of these requirements drive the need for redundant, serviceable and highly available components and systems.


The 13500 Appliance delivers exceptional Next Generation Firewall performance in its class and offers unmatched scalability, serviceability and port density. Benefiting from Check Point's advanced SecureXL, CoreXL and ClusterXL technologies, the 13500 Appliance is capable of delivering stunning performance in a compact 2 rack-unit physical footprint. With up to 23.61 Gbps firewall throughput and 5.71 Gbps of IPS throughput the 13500 Appliance is designed to secure the most demanding network environment.


The 13500 Appliance is designed from the ground up for unmatched flexibility for even the most demanding enterprise and data center network environments. The 13500 Appliance has 3 expansion slots supporting a wide range of network options. The standard configuration includes two onboard 1 Gigabit copper ports for Management and Sync and twelve 1 Gigabit Ethernet copper ports. A maximally configured 13500 Appliance provides up to twenty-six 1 Gigabit copper ports, up to twelve 1 Gigabit fiber ports or up to twelve 10 Gigabit fiber ports. The 13500 Appliances also have hot-swappable redundant disk drives, fans and power supply units. Lights-Out- Management (LOM) provides remote support and maintenance capabilities. Order the appliance with an AC or DC power option to meet your datacenter requirements.

1 SecurityPower Benchmark traffic mix and policy.

Key Features

  • 3,200 SecurityPower™ Units
  • Maximum security and performance
  • High availability and serviceability
  • Lights-Out-Management
  • Optimized for Next Generation security

Key Benefits

  • Security of data center assets
  • Modular, serviceable platform fits easily into complex networking environments
  • High availability and redundant components eliminates down time
  • Centralize control with unified security management and LOM
  • Ideal for applications that require Next Generation security
* Optional

Key Features:


Until today security appliance selection has been based upon selecting specific performance measurements for each security function, usually under optimal lab testing conditions and using a security policy that has one rule. Today customers can select security appliances by their SecurityPower ratings which are based on real-world customer traffic, multiple security functions and a typical security policy.

SecurityPower is a benchmark that measures the capability and capacity of an appliance to perform multiple advanced security functions (Software Blades) such as IPS, DLP and Application Control in real world traffic conditions. This provides an effective metric to better predict the current and future behavior of appliances under security attacks and in day-to-day operations. Customer SecurityPower Unit (SPU) requirements, determined using the Check Point Appliance Selection Tool, can be matched to the SPU ratings of Check Point Appliances to select the right appliance for their specific requirements.

SecurityPower Utilization


The Check Point 13500 Appliance offers a complete and consolidated security solution in a 2U form factor. Based on the Check Point Software Blade architecture, the appliance is available in four Software Blade packages and extensible to include additional Software Blades for further security protection.

  • Next Generation Firewall (NGFW): identify and control applications by user and scan content to stop threats- with IPS and Application Control.
  • Next Generation Threat Prevention (NGTP): apply multiple layers of protection to prevent sophisticated cyber-threats- with IPS, Application Control, Antivirus, Anti-Bot, URL Filtering and Email Security.
  • Next Generation Secure Web Gateway (SWG): enables secure use of Web 2.0 with real time multi-layered protection against web-borne malware-with Application Control, URL Filtering, Antivirus and SmartEvent.
  • Next Generation Data Protection (NGDP): preemptively protect sensitive information from unintentional loss, educate users on proper data handling policies and empower them to remediate incidents in real-time-with IPS, Application Control and DLP.


Check Point Appliances are a key component in the ThreatCloud Ecosystem providing excellent protection from undiscovered exploits, zero-day and targeted attacks. Appliances inspect and send suspicious files to the ThreatCloud Emulation Service which runs them in a virtual sandbox to discover malicious behavior. Discovered malware is prevented from entering the network. A signature is created and sent to the ThreatCloud which shares information on the newly identified threat to protect other Check Point customers.


The appliance can either be managed locally with its available integrated security management or via central unified management. Using local management, the appliance can manage itself and one adjacent appliance for high availability purposes.


Customers with high connection capacity requirements can purchase the affordable High Performance Package with the Next Generation security package of their choice. This includes the appliance plus a 4x10Gb SFP+ interface card, transceivers and 64 GB of memory for high connection capacity.


The Check Point 13500 Appliances deliver business continuity and serviceability through features such as hot-swappable redundant power supplies, hard disk drives and fans and includes an advanced LOM card for out-of-band management. Combined together, these features ensure a greater degree of business continuity and serviceability when these appliances are deployed in the customer's networks.


A Lights-Out-Management (LOM) card provides out-of-band remote management to remotely diagnose, start, restart and manage the appliance from a remote location. Administrators can also use the LOM web interface to remotely install an OS image from an ISO file.


Check Point GAiA™ is the next generation Secure Operating System for all Check Point appliances, open servers and virtualized gateways. GAiA combines the best features from IPSO and SecurePlatform into a single unified OS providing greater efficiency and robust performance. By upgrading to GAiA, customers will benefit from improved appliance connection capacity and reduced operating costs. With GAiA customers will gain the ability to leverage the full breadth and power of all Check Point Software Blades. GAiA secures IPv4 and IPv6 networks utilizing the Check Point Acceleration & Clustering technology and it protects the most complex network environments by supporting dynamic routing protocols like RIP, OSPF, BGP, PIM (sparse and dense mode) and IGMP. As a 64-Bit OS, GAiA increases the connection capacity of select appliances.

GAiA simplifies management with segregation of duties by enabling role-based administrative access. Furthermore, GAiA greatly increases operation efficiency by offering Automatic Software Updates. The intuitive and feature-rich Web interface allows for instant search of any commands or properties. GAiA offers full compatibility with IPSO and SecurePlatform command line interfaces, making it an easy transition for existing Check Point customers.

Technical Specifications:

Check Point 13500 Diagram

Base Configuration:

  • 2 onboard 10/100/1000Base-T RJ45 ports
  • 4 x 10/100/1000Base-T RJ45 interface card (1 of the 3 expansion slots)
  • 8 x 10/100/1000Base-T RJ45 interface card (1 of the 3 expansion slots)
  • 16 GB memory
  • Redundant dual AC or DC hot-swappable power supplies
  • Redundant dual hot-swappable 500GB HDD RAID1
  • LOM card
  • Slide rails (22" to 32")

Network Expansion Slot Options (3 slots):

  • 4 x 10/100/1000Base-T RJ45 interface card
  • 8 x 10/100/1000Base-T RJ45 interface card
  • 2 x 1000Base-F interface card
  • 4 x 1000Base-F interface card
  • 2 x 10GBase-F SFP+ interface card
  • 4 x 10GBase-F SFP+ interface card
  • 4 x 10/100/1000Base-T Fail-Open NIC
  • 4 x 1000Base-F SX or LX Fail-Open NIC
  • 2 x 10GBase-F SR or LR Fail-Open NIC

Max Configuration:

  • Up to 26 x 10/100/1000Base-T RJ45 ports
  • Up to 12 x 1000Base-F SFP ports
  • Up to 12 x 10GBase-F SFP+ ports
  • 32, 48 or 64 GB memory

Production Performance: 1

  • 3,200 SecurityPower
  • 23.6 Gbps firewall throughput
  • 5.7 Gbps firewall and IPS throughput

Network Connectivity

  • 1024 VLANs
  • 256 VLANs per interface
  • 802.3ad passive and active link aggregation
  • Layer 2 (transparent) and Layer 3 (routing) mode

RFC 3511, 2544, 2647, 1242 Performance Tests (LAB):

  • 77 Gbps of firewall throughput, 1518 byte UDP
  • 17 Gbps of VPN throughput, AES-128
  • 23 Gbps of IPS throughput, Default IPS profile, IMIX traffic blend
  • 7.8 Gbps of IPS throughput, Recommended IPS profile, IMIX traffic blend
  • 7/282 million concurrent connections
  • 178,000 connections per second, 64 byte HTTP response

Network Connectivity:

  • IPv4 and IPv6
  • 1024 interfaces or VLANs per system
  • 4096 interfaces per system (in Virtual System mode)
  • 802.3ad passive and active link aggregation
  • Layer 2 (transparent) and Layer 3 (routing) mode

High Availability:

  • Active/Active - L3 mode
  • Active/Passive - L3 mode
  • Session synchronization for firewall and VPN
  • Session failover for routing change
  • Device failure detection
  • Link failure detection
  • ClusterXL or VRRP

Virtual Systems:

  • Max VSs: 150 (w/16GB), 250 (w/32GB)


  • Enclosure: 2RU
  • Standard (W x D x H): 17.4 x 23.6 x 3.5 in.
  • Metric (W x D x H): 442 x 600 x 88 mm
  • Weight: 17.5 kg (38.6 lbs.)

Power Requirements:

  • Input Voltage: 90 - 264VAC (47-63HZ), -36 to -72 VDC
  • Inrush Current: 35A/70A@115VAC, 70A@230VAC, 35A@-48VDC
  • Single Power Supply Rating: 600W
  • Power Consumption Maximum: 431W
  • Maximum thermal output: 1,730 BTU

Operating Environmental Conditions:

  • Temperature: 32° to 104°F / 0° to 40°C
  • Humidity: 5%-90% (non-condensing)

Storage Conditions:

  • Temperature: -40° to 158°F, -40° to 70°C
  • Humidity: 5%-95% (non-condensing)


  • Safety: CB, UL/cUL, CSA, TUV
  • Emissions: FCC. CE. VCCI. C-Tick
  • Environmental: RoHS
1 Maximum R77 production performance based upon the SecurityPower benchmark. Real-world traffic. Multiple Software Blades. Typical rulebase. NAT and Logging enabled. Check Point recommends 50% SPU utilization to provide room for additional Software Blades and future traffic growth. Find the right appliance for your performance and security requirements using the Appliance Selection Tool. 2 With GAiA OS and 64GB memory upgrade.
Identity Awareness
Advanced Networking & Clustering
Mobile Access 1 *
Application Control
DLP * * * *
URL Filtering * *
Antivirus * *
Anti-Spam & Email Security * * *
Anti-Bot * * *
Threat Extraction * * * *
Threat Emulation * * * *
Management Blades
Network Policy Management
Logging and Status
SmartEvent * * * *
SmartWorkflow * * * * *
Monitoring * * * * *
Management Portal * * * * *
User Directory * * * * *
SmartProvisioning * * * * *
SmartReporter * * * * *
Endpoint Policy Management * * * * *
Compliance * * * * *
NGFW = Next Generation Firewall; NGDP = Next Generation Data Protection; NGTP = Next Generation Threat Prevention; NGSWG = Next Generation Secure Web Gateway
- Included
* - Optional
1 Five users are included in default package


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