An XC Cluster in McAfee® Network Security Platform, comprising of an XC-240 Load Balancer and M-8000XC Sensors, functions like a single virtual Sensor. The XC Cluster handles traffic at wire-speed, efficiently inspects, detects, and prevents intrusions, misuse, denial of service (DoS) attacks, and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks with a high degree of accuracy. It enables high traffic loads to be processed by distributing the traffic flow to multiple Sensors to avoid congestion providing a maximum throughput of 80 Gbps.

XC Clusters also support High Availability deployment monitoring traffic with no loss of session state or degradation of protection level. An XC Cluster can be configured in both the Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) modes.

XC Clusters are flexible enough to adapt to the security needs of any enterprise environment. When deployed at key network access points, they provide real-time monitoring on high traffic loads to detect malicious activity and respond to the malicious activity as configured by the administrator.

After deployed, XC Clusters are configured and managed through the command line and the McAfee Network Security Manager (Manager).

For more information on the M-8000XC Sensors, see the McAfee Network Security Platform M-8000XC Sensor Product Guide.