Monday, November 14, 2005

Force10 Acquires MetaNetworks for 10 Gbps Intrusion Detection

Force10 Networks has acquired MetaNetworks, a start-up developing line-rate 10 Gigabit intrusion detection and prevention technology, for an undisclosed sum.

The deal combines Force10's high performance Ethernet switch/router with the industry's only commercially available line-rate 10 Gigabit intrusion prevention system for securing high performance networks against malicious traffic and attacks.

High performance intrusion detection and prevention technology is a flexible inline network security mechanism designed to detect malicious packets and proactively stop intrusions by blocking the offending traffic. Traditional intrusion detection and prevention systems lack the processing power to inspect traffic at line-rate 10 Gigabit speeds, forcing network managers to sacrifice performance for security. The integration of MetaNetworks' technology brings Force10 the ability to detect and prevent network intrusions without impacting performance, even in line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks.

Force10's acquisition of MetaNetworks also brings with it a customer base of advanced research networks operated by U.S. government organizations.

  • Metanetworks Inc. was founded by Livio Ricciulli in November 1999. Prior to founding Metanetworks, Livio was a senior research scientist at SRI International where he led a number of research contracts for the U.S. Government (DARPA, NSA, NSF, ONR). Ricciulli also founded Reactive Network Solutions, which developed an industry-leading network anomaly detection engine to stop denial-of-service attacks.

  • Metanetworks is based in San Jose, California.

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