McAfee Next Generation Firewall is designed to deliver high availability (HA). Built-in traffic load balancing and clustering capabilities allow for native active-active clustering and load balancing for up to 16 nodes, where nodes can be different models and different operating systems — without requiring a third-party clustering or load balancing product. This flexible design delivers high availability and high throughput in demanding data center environments and situations where processing-intensive security applications, such as deep inspection or VPNs, require more performance.
High availability also means easier, uninterrupted maintenance. Leveraging high availability technology, you can upgrade your clusters node-by-node without service breaks. Clusters can operate with different software versions and even with different hardware nodes during maintenance. This functionality provides high-value return on investment with reduced operational costs and improved quality of service.
High availability is built-in throughout McAfee Next Generation Firewall, including: