RSA 2011 – Multi-Core Platforms for Security Applications

Everyone understands that network security is a complex business.  Today’s applications, such as real-time collaboration, VoIP, streaming media and Telepresence can open a network to attack.  Traditional security applications that only scan packet headers are not strong enough in today’s network environment.  Network security technology has advanced with security applications that scan all traffic over every protocol and port.

Unified Threat Management (UTM) is the latest trend in network security.  UTM uses an integrated approach to not only guard against unauthorized intrusion, it also performs content filtering, data leakage protection, and anti-malware tasks. UTM solutions use Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology to verify every packet. The tradeoff for this increased level of security is, of course, a decrease in network throughput.

Enter multi-core architectures!

Multi-core architectures are designed to maximize performance and scalability, while minimizing power consumption. These systems can be based on a single processor architecture, such as x86, or they can be a mixture of application-specific hardware accelerators (such as NPUs and DSPs) with high-performance multi-core processors in a hybrid architecture.

Advantech is investing in multi-core technology, both single processor and hybrid architectures, to provide network platforms that offer higher performance, increased scalability and reliability, all at lower costs.  We believe that blade and platform solutions need to be available in a variety of form factors and utilize processors from the industry’s leading x86, NPU and DSP silicon manufacturers, spanning the entire range of platforms from entry-level to datacenter.  We also work with industry leading 3rd party software vendors that provide multi-core optimized operating software and network middleware across our platforms.

Advantech will be demonstrating a broad range of multi-core blade and platform solutions in Booth 217 at the RSA 2011 Conference, 14-18 February in Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, USA.  We hope to see you there!

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