The proliferation of such network applications as peer-to-peer file sharing has created business-critical challenges for network administrators and service providers. Networks must be monitored constantly for intellectual-property leakage and other types of abuse. Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology provides network administrators with better visibility and control, but the DPI subsystem must perform at line rate while incorporating signatures that precisely describe the behavior of attack and applications.

6WIND, a Calif.-based developer of software-defined networks, and network content security provider BroadWeb will offer pre-integrated software solutions for Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), “accelerating OEMs’ time-to-market while delivering industry-leading performance,” they say.

“6WIND and BroadWeb have worked together to integrate the 6WINDGate packet-processing software with BroadWeb’s DPI engine, providing a best-in-class solution for network security appliances,” adds Eric Carmès, 6WIND CEO. “Performing single-pass scanning, the combined solution delivers a throughput of 20 Gbps per core on a dual Intel Xeon processor platform with a clock speed of 2.67 GHz.”

He continues, “The overall system-level performance of our combined solution scales linearly with the number of processor cores configured to run 6WINDGate, enabling OEMs to deliver network security products that simultaneously perform both IPS and Application Identification functions at line rate.”

Adds BroadWeb CEO Dr. Terence Liu, “DPI technology is integrated into network appliances more widely than before. The partnership between BroadWeb and 6WIND overcomes the performance bottleneck of DPI technology and offers OEMs improved time-to-market along with high efficiency. The combined solution can easily be integrated into a variety of network devices targeted at both telecommunication and enterprise markets.”

The pre-integrated 6WIND-BroadWeb solution is available now, and the companies are exhibiting at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, set for Feb. 27-March 2.

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