CISCO FWSM –Cisco Security Flagship product for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Switches

The Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM) for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches and Cisco 7600 Series routers is a high-performance, integrated stateful inspection firewall with application and protocol inspection engines. This is Cisco’s biggest Firewall in terms of throughput performance providing upto 5.5 Gbps of throughput, 100,000 new connections per second, one million concurrent connections or 256,000 NAT translations and upto 80,000 Access Control Lists. Up to four FWSMs can be installed in a single chassis, providing scalability up to 20 Gbps per chassis.

Based on the  Cisco ASA PIX family of security appliances, the FWSM provides large enterprises and service providers with unparalleled security, performance, and reliability. The FWSM is ideal for medium to large enterprises seeking the scalability performance and stability that’s usually associated with the Cisco Security line of products


FWSM and VSS Background and Integration

The Virtual Switching System (VSS) is a new and innovative feature on Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches that effectively allows clustering of two physical chassis together into a single logical entity. Such a technology will allow for new enhancements in all areas of enterprise campus and data centre deployment, including high availability, scalability/performance, management, and maintenance. Service module support is a primary requirement for positioning of the VSS in enterprise campus and enterprise data centre market. The first release of the VSS included support for the Network Access Module (NAM) service module. As part of the second release of the VSS, we plan to extend support to the more popular service modules. The list of service modules that are going to be supported in the second release of the VSS are the Firewall Services Module (FWSM), the Intrusion Detection Service Module (IDSM), the Application Control Engine (ACE) service module, and the Wireless Service Module (WiSM). This document only focuses on the VSS and FWSM integration. The first release of VSS and FWSM integration is supported by FWSM4.0 (4), which needs to be run with Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(33)SXI or higher..

The integration and deployment of FWSM in a VSS environment are done transparently and do not require special configuration. There are only minor changes on the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series side that need to be considered, and these are very much contained within the changes that are inherent to VSS model of Cisco IOS Software.

We provides the following Cisco FWSM services

Cisco FWSM Installations

Cisco FWSM Configurations

Cisco FWSM Support

Cisco FWSM Remote Management

Cisco FWSM VSS support

Cisco FWSM Latest code upgrade

Cisco FWSM Password recovery

Cisco FWSM ACLs and Natting


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