Network cybersecurity test platform offers 400GE density

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By Rich Pell

Electronics test and measurement equipment and software maker Keysight Technologies has announced a network cybersecurity test platform that provides data center network equipment manufacturers (NEM) and operators with an extensible cybersecurity test platform that supports hyperscale data volumes, encryption demands, and security challenges. The new APS-M8400 Modular Network Cybersecurity Test Platform delivers 400GE density with an 8 x 400GE QSFP-DD test interface.

The platform is designed to address the exponential growth in encrypted traffic volumes and security threats faced by data center operators and service providers by delivering a modular, 400GE network security test platform that aggregates compute and field programmable gate array (FPGA) resources to deliver hyperscale application and cybersecurity test and validation. The APS-M8400 test platform is offered as providing the following benefits:

  • Industry leading 400GE port density: The APS-M8400 offers the ability to test 8 x 400GE QSFP-DD, supporting industry moves from 100GE to 400GE without the need for additional switches or infrastructure.
  • Ease of management: The APS-M8400 provides a centralized, “single pane of glass” management of up to 16 compute nodes reducing the management learning curve and simplifying system upgrades and maintenance.
  • Flexible testing options: The APS-M800 offers flexible aggregation of compute and FPGA resources to optimize the performance and scalability requirements for any simulated workload, using one or multiple 400GE test interfaces.
  • Hyperscale performance: The APS-M8400 can drive hyperscale application and cybersecurity test performance, including encrypted traffic loads, to effectively emulate the rigorous demands put upon data center and service provider infrastructure. This platform can generate up to 3+ Tbps of Layer 4-7 traffic, 5+ billion concurrent connections, 2.4 Tbps of transport layer security (TLS) traffic, and 2.4 million TLS connections per second.
  • Scalable solution: The APS-M8400 is designed as a “pay-as-you-grow” solution, allowing users to build out a system that supports today’s test needs and spending constraints, with the flexibility to add capacity as requirements change and budgets allow.

“Data center NEMs and operators face conflicting demands to produce solutions that support ever increasing data volumes and traffic speeds driven by new standards like 400GE, while protecting systems against a growing, dynamic cybersecurity threat landscape – all without breaking the bank,” says Ram Periakaruppan, Vice President and General Manager, Keysight’s Network Test and Security Solutions. “Keysight’s APS-8400 meets these teams where they are, delivering hyperscale application and cybersecurity test loads via an industry leading 8 x 400GE of test port density in a flexible solution that allows users to add test capacity as demands and budgets change.”

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