Sunday, April 16, 2006

Force10 Debuts 10 Gbps Security Platform

Force10 Networks introduced a security appliance that inspects, monitors, captures and blocks traffic at line-rate 10 Gigabit speeds. Force10 Networks said its security platform leverages a Dynamic Parallel Inspection (DPI) architecture for signature processing. The technology employs multiple hardware-based engines to simultaneously process thousands of rules on a single packet. The P-Series directly embeds security rules and signatures into hardware to ensure line-rate processing, inspection and monitoring of traffic on the network. The ability to write new signatures directly to hardware in real time provides IT managers with deterministic, predictable performance regardless of traffic conditions.

The Force10 P-Series family of security appliances includes the P10, a 1RU appliance the offers two line-rate 10 Gigabit ports for an aggregate inspection throughput of 20 Gbps. As a complement to the P10, the two-port Force10 P1 delivers inspection at line-rate Gigabit speeds. The Force10 P-Series supports open source network security applications, enabling customers to specify policies from public domain signatures or standard network monitoring libraries. An open application program interface also allows IT managers to develop custom signatures for firewalling, denial of service attacks and packet and flow analysis applications.

Force10 said it already has more than 20 government organizations, Internet exchanges and national laboratories using P-Series security platforms. Among these are the Amsterdam Internet Exchange, Oakridge National Laboratory, Oxford University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, SRI International, Seaton Corp, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Peter Kiewit Institute.

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