Keysight Provides Modular Network Cybersecurity Testing Platform for Large-Scale Data Centers


Keysight Technologies has launched the APS-100 / 400GE Series network application and modular security test platform. This new platform delivers large-scale encryption throughput that enables network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and data center operators to validate the equipment to support the massive data volume and requirements of cybersecurity of their customers.

Today’s hyperscale data center operators are bracing for unprecedented traffic volumes and ever-expanding attack surfaces. NEMs need to validate their next-generation firewalls for this emerging market, and data center operators need to balance security and operating user experience.

“Bundling test systems to push new hyperscale data center devices to their limits has become cost prohibitive and unmanageable. This is especially true for simulating encrypted traffic and large data sets such as elephant streams found in artificial intelligence and machine learning use cases, ”said Ram Periakaruppan, vice president and Managing Director of Keysight’s Network Security and Testing Solutions group. “Keysight’s APS Series offers a new approach – a single application and security testing platform – that scales modularly to double the encryption throughput per nearest competitor rack unit. “

Keysight’s APS platform includes the APS-M1010 controller and APS-ONE-100 appliance modules that can be stacked to provide hyperscale data center device manufacturers and operators with a cost-effective “pay-as-you-go” approach. as you grow up ”for their cybersecurity testing needs. . The approach preserves current and future investments as data center interfaces and speeds scale from 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) to 400GE.

“The FortiGate 7121F is the world’s fastest next-generation firewall, achieving security rating scores up to 19 times higher than competitive solutions to deliver enterprise security with segmentation and protection against ultra-scalable threats, ”said John Maddison, executive vice president of product and chief marketing officer. in Fortinet. “It’s one thing to make those claims, it’s another to validate them with independent testing. That’s why we’re leveraging the breakthrough scale of Keysight’s new APS Series test system to validate that the FortiGate 7121F can scale to the performance promised to protect customers worldwide from the most advanced cyber threats.

Supporting Keysight’s application security and performance testing solutions, the APS Series Test Platform is a hyper-scalable Layer 4-7 testing solution that helps identify performance and interoperability in devices and systems such as Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW). It combines powerful multi-core and multi-threaded processors, cryptography acceleration and cloud native software to generate realistic, large-scale user and malware traffic under realistic conditions.

The Keysight APS series offers the following key customer benefits:

  • Maximizes encryption performance while dramatically reducing costs. Delivers up to 3.5x more TLS connections per second (CPS) per 100G interface, and up to 4x more cost savings compared to the previous generation test solution, as well as increased performance application mix throughput compared to encrypted Transport Layer Security (TLS) connections.
  • Enables validation of elephant streams (transmission of large volumes of data over a single connection) with hyperscale performance (throughput per single TCP connection) with up to 83 Gbps per single TCP connection – 5x performance improvement – for environments hyperscale.
  • Provides centralized management for a stack of up to 10 compute nodes that facilitates centralized software upgrades in a “single pane of glass” interface.


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