Sunday, March 5, 2006

NetDevices Expands Services Gateway Family

NetDevices, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, has expanded its product line with the SG-4 Services Gateway, which extends the benefits of services gateways to small and medium-sized enterprise branch offices. The SG-4 unifies all services required at the branch--including perimeter and content security, robust data networking, and voice over IP (VoIP) support--into a modular, remotely manageable, and always-available platform.

The SG-4 Services Gateway has a modular four-slot chassis that is one rack-unit (RU) in height. It supports a range of services, including a 2Gbps stateful firewall; high volume IPSec VPN; intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS); a SIP application-layer gateway with QoS for VoIP; high performance routing with 900 Kpps forwarding; and a layer 2 Ethernet switch. Cards include a double-wide services engine with two GE ports, a four-port T1/E1 card, a four-port serial card, and an eight-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet switch. Because it truly unifies services at the architectural level, NetDevices SG-4 USG offers the same high level of performance even when multiple services are running.

NetDevices is using a "OnePass" architecture for packet classification and inspection from which multiple advanced services -- such as firewalls, intrusion detection, VoIP gateway and VPN gateway -- would be based. The company argues that real-time services will be best supported if all these functions are connected together by a system-wide approach to processing and management. OnePass classification and management is more efficient than running multiple boxes and latency is reduced.

NetDevice's platform features a modular operation system and separate traffic, control and management planes to ensure "always available" system access. The system has a hardened forwarding path into which multiple services are inserted and integrated. Specific services can be performed at the correct point in the packet flow.

  • In August 2005, NetDevices closed $25 million in Series B financing for its services gateway products for enterprise branch networks.

  • NetDevices was founded in 2003 by Seenu Banda (CEO), Rob Haraga (VP of Engineering), and Jeff Kidd (VP of Hardware Engineering). Prior to founding NetD, Banda was senior director of marketing for mid-range routers, including the 7200 and 7500, at Cisco Systems. Haraga spent 10 years at Cisco, where he led the development and engineering of three generations of router product lines in the 7000 series. Kidd also served at Cisco in senior engineering roles for the Cisco 7000, 7200, 7300, 7500 and 7600 routers, and the Cisco Catalyst 5000 and 6000 multi-layer switching platforms.


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