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Recommended Hardware Based on Network Traffic

The cognitix Threat Defender delivers high-speed data processing on standard hardware components.

To help you determine what hardware setup is best suited to your needs, the following sections show four example hardware configurations and the throughput you can achieve with the Threat Defender on these systems.

 

For reasons of comparability, we use the Cisco EMIX 2012 packet mix for the throughput measurements.

The measured throughput not only depends on the hardware, but also on the enabled feature set. We therefore state the system throughput with the minimum and the full feature set for a more substantial evaluation.

The minimum feature set includes application detection, URL classification, basic IPS, IPFIX reporting, and the Threat Defender’s policy engine with inline real-time correlation.

The full feature includes the minimum feature set and additionally full IPS functionality, DLP analysis, SSL proxy for all connections, and extended inline real-time correlation.

 

Example Configuration 1

Consider a comparably small system with the following specifications:

With the minimum feature set enabled, this configuration achieves a throughput of 1.3 Gbit/s.

With the full feature set, the same system achieves a throughput of 242 Mbit/s.

 

Example Configuration 2

Consider a medium system with the following specifications:

With the minimum feature set enabled, this configuration achieves a throughput of 11.9 Gbit/s.

With the full feature set, the same system achieves a throughput of 1.6 Gbit/s.

 

Example Configuration 3

Consider a medium system with the following specifications:

With the minimum feature set enabled, this configuration achieves a throughput of 26 Gbit/s.

With the full feature set, the same system achieves a throughput of 6 Gbit/s.

 

Example Configuration 4

Consider a large two sockets system with the following specifications:

With the minimum feature set enabled, this configuration achieves a throughput of 26.1 Gbit/s.

With the full feature set, the same system achieves a throughput of 12.3 Gbit/s.

 

Note that the maximum system throughput can only be achieved if a valid license is installed. For information on the available license plans, please send an email to sales@cognitix.de.

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