In virtualizing its service provider security platform, Cisco managed to overcome one of the biggest challenges facing technology vendors as they migrate from hardware-based products to software -- maintaining performance.
That's one of the key takeaways from the recent independent evaluation of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s "threat-centric" security solutions, commissioned by Light Reading and undertaken by networking technology test specialist European Advanced Networking Test Center AG (EANTC) .
The EANTC team put Cisco's virtualized Firepower 9300, and other tools, to the test in a range of scenarios to see if a cloud-based system could meet the needs of communications service providers and large enterprises, for which security has become an increasingly critical concern in recent years.
EANTC found that the virtualized appliance, which incorporates the capabilities of a typical NFV system to deliver a catalog of security functions, is more than capable of achieving carrier-class throughput -- 63.6 Gbit/s under realistic traffic mix conditions, much higher using a HTTP-only traffic mix -- as well as impressive connection establishment and connection capacity rates.
"That's a lot of throughput for a virtualized system," noted EANTC managing director Carsten Rossenhövel during a discussion about the test results, adding that performance degradation is a major concern for network operators when considering the deployment of virtualized functions. (See Testing Cisco's Virtualized Security Products.)
For the full report, see Validating Cisco's Threat-Centric Security Solutions.
— Ray Le Maistre, , Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading