Network appliance accelerates performance

5th February 2014
Nat Bowers

A scalable, 1U rack-mountable network appliance system has been introduced by Axiomtek. The NA-360 supports a range of CPUs including the single core Intel Celeron 725C, the dual core Intel Pentium B915, the Intel Core i3-2115C and the high-end Intel Xeon E3 1105C and E5 1125C processors.

Additional hardware acceleration services are provided by the Intel Communications Chipset DH8903CC for efficient cryptographic and compression/decompression which offload the processor for control and data plane processing. Supporting the Intel Data Plane Development Kit (Intel DPDK) and Intel QuickAssist Technology, the NA-360 improves packet processing, encryption and decryption as well as data and file compression/decompression. Designed with the ease of implementation as well as accelerated performance in mind, the network appliance is suitable for variety of applications including VPN, firewall and security applications, network bandwidth controller, WAN accelerator and surveillance system.

The NA-360 features: eight Gigabit Ethernet ports; two groups of LAN bypass segments; an easily accessible LAN port module expansion slot, allowing developers to customise and scale the product based on their solution requirements; a PCI Express Mini Card slot; a PCIe x8 slot; two DDR3 1333 MHz DIMM sockets, which can provide storage of up to 16GB and support both ECC and Non-ECC memory types; and two 2.5" SATA HDD or one 3.5” SATA HDD and one CompactFlash socket. Additionally, there is a front-facing LCD module activity indicator for convenient monitoring of power and HDD activity.

Sophie Tseng, Product Manager, Axiomtek, comments: “Axiomtek’s outstanding NA-360 network appliance product offers a greater range of processor choices and expansion capabilities that allow developers to configure their network solutions based on performance requirements and price points. It supports a maximum of 16 LAN ports with six groups bypass feature, Intel DPDK, and Intel QuickAssist for better network performance. The Axiomtek team is also well-equipped with the capability and expertise to help our customers with any customisation requirements. We welcome all OEM and ODM projects and are responsive to our customer’s questions and requests. Our years of experience allows us to understand our customer needs well and design a product such as the NA-360 with their benefits in mind.”

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