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11/08: Anue 5204 Tool Aggregator - Performance and Feature Evaluation
Anue Systems, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the performance and features of its tool and SPAN port aggregator. Engineers validated wire-speed performance across various combinations of 1Gbps and 10Gbps Ethernet links. Additionally, engineers validated a range of filtering and broadcast capabilities.
10/08: BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. RackSwitch G8000 Competitive Performance Evaluation versus Cisco Catalyst 4948-10GE Switch
Tolly Group engineers measured the Layer 2 throughput, latency and multicast performance of the switches in a variety of common network topologies, and the energy usage for the switch operations at idle and under load. Engineers also compared the price/performance of the switches from both companies.
10/08: BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. RackSwitch G8100 Competitive Performance Evaluation versus Cisco Catalyst 4900M Switch
Tolly Group engineers measured the Layer 2 throughput, latency and multicast performance of the switches in a variety of common network topologies as well as the energy usage for the switch operations with and without load. Engineers also compared the price/performance of the switches from both companies.
09/08: Coyote Point Systems Inc. Equalizer E350si Competitive Performance and Feature Evaluation versus Barracuda Networks Load Balancer 340
Tolly Group engineers measured the transaction rate, response time and aggregate throughput at Layer 4 and Layer 7 when handling 64-byte and 16Kbyte object sizes. Engineers also verified the features from various categories such as scalability, flexibility and ease of management.
09/08: Juniper IDP 250 and 800 test
09/08: eEye Retina Network Security Scanner
09/08: Third Brigade’s PCI Suitability
09/08: Cisco Nexus 7000 10G switch test
Building a big data center and looking for a switch to match? How do 256 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and nearly 1.7 terabits of capacity sound? This exclusive Network World Clear Choice Test was the biggest we've ever conducted. Cisco's engineers told us they too had never before tested at this scale. Besides performance, we also assessed the Nexus in terms of features, usability and high availability and resiliency.
07/08: Juniper EX 4200 access switch test
In Network World's exclusive Clear Choice test, we subjected the EX 4200-48T switch to the same rigorous battery of benchmarks we used to assess seven other vendors' 10G Ethernet access switches earlier this year. The verdict: This is one fast box. The EX 4200 delivered line-rate throughput in every case, the only switch we've tested this year to do so. What's more, 10G Ethernet latency is the lowest we've ever measured. We also were impressed by the EX 4200's feature set and powerful JUNOS command-line interface (CLI).
07/08: 3Com Switch S7900E Family Feature and Performance Evaluation of High-End Multi-Service Routing Switch Family
The Tolly Group selected two models - Switch S7903E and Switch S7906E - from the Switch S7900E Family for testing and verified more than 80 Layer 2 and Layer 3 functions, routing protocols, security, Quality of Service, system management, multicast, and reliability of services. The Switch S7900E Family achieved Layer 2/3 IPv4/6 wire-speed throughput across four 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) or 96 GbE ports for all the frame/packet sizes tested.
06/08: Trustwave TS-1000 High-Speed Intrusion Prevention Appliance IPS Performance and Security Effectiveness Evaluation
The Tolly Group measured the Layer 3 zero-loss (0.001% acceptable packet loss) throughput and latency of the TS-1000 in firewall only mode, with intrusion prevention active, and while under attack. Engineers also measured the TS-1000’s support for concurrent TCP connections and its connection setup rate. Finally, engineers subjected the TS-1000 to a variety of security attacks and identified the product’s effectiveness at protecting servers.
06/08: NSS Labs to Conduct 10 Gbps Network Intrusion Prevention Group Test
05/08: Approved rating to IBM’s GX6116 Network IPS
05/08: ZyXEL Modular Switch MS-7206 Evaluation of RFC 2544 Zero-Loss Performance with Low Latency and Green Evaluation of Power Consumption
The Tolly Group examined the Layer 2/ Layer 3 throughput and latency of the MS-7206 as supported by RFC 2544 requirements for zero frame or packet loss. Moreover, Tolly Group engineers analyzed and verified the power consumption, in terms of watts consumed, of the MS-7206. Engineers went further by calculating the amount of watts per hour required to drive 1 Gbps of traffic across the MS-7206 switch.
05/08: AX 3200 Ver. 1.2.3 Performance Evaluation of AX 3200 Advanced Traffic Manager with HTTP Caching
Tolly Group engineers benchmarked the connection-per-second (cps) rate, transaction-per-second (tps) rate, SYN cookies, and aggregate throughput of the AX 3200 at Layer 4, Layer 7 plus SSL sessions for five object sizes ranging from 128- to 512K-bytes and for different numbers of HTTP requests per TCP connections. In April 2008, engineers also measured the Layer 7 switching performance with HTTP Caching enabled.
05/08: First Media m-Flow Video Analyzer Calibration and Performance Test
First Media commissioned EANTC to conduct an independent calibration test of First Media’s video monitoring solution, certifying that the m-Flow system reports appropriate QoS and QoE parameters of live video streams. The test evaluated first and second priority ETSI TR101/290 parameters and perceived quality metrics (MOS) for video under various operating conditions. The calibration was conducted under realistic, scaling network conditions.
04/08: Rohde & Schwarz SIT - SITLine ETH Crypto Device Performance and Interoperability Test
Rohde and Schartz SIT commissioned EANTC to verify the performance and interoperability of the new R&S SITLine ETH Crypto Device. EANTC test engineers conducted the tests according to a detailed test plan written by EANTC to verify Ethernet performance, support of MEF E-Line service type and interoperability with the Cisco Catalyst series switch.
04/08: OnDemand Switch 1 & OnDemand Switch 2 AppDirector Version 1.06 Competitive Performance Evaluation versus F5 Networks BIG-IP 6800, BIG-IP 6400 and BIG-IP 1500
Tolly Group engineers tested the ability of the switches deliver performance while also handling challenging tasks, Layer 7 operations and transaction processing under DDoS attacks, and validate the readiness of the products for next-generation applications. Engineers measured the transaction-per-second (tps) rate, throughput and response time for 10 object sizes at Layer 7 in multiple scenarios of a single HTTP request per connection and 10 HTTP requests per connection, while also testing the ability of the platforms to maintain performance while dealing with DDoS attack packets.
04/08: Radware’s DefensePro Receives "Approved" for Attack Mitigator
04/08: NSS Labs Awards First Product Report on PCI to IBM’s UTM
04/08: Forinet’s Unified Threat Management Product
03/08: 10G access switch test (7 vendors)
If the results of Network World's latest switch tests are any guide, network managers may need a whole new lexicon just to make buying decisions. Our tests found seven next-generation switches bristle with features that don't exist in many previous models – not just physical features like 10Gigabit Ethernet uplinks but also 802.1X-based network access control authentication, enhanced multicast support, storm control, denial-of-service protection and IPv6 support.
03/08: Nortel 8300 Series Competitive Performance Evaluation versus Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series with Supervisor Engine V-10GE
Tolly Group engineers measured the performance, resiliency characteristics and power consumption of the ERS 8300 and a comparable Cisco Catalyst 4500 chassis-based switch with the maximum allowable equivalency in module configuration. Engineers also measured resilient performance between the Nortel ERS 8300 running switch clustering and the Cisco Catalyst 4500 running High Availability (HA) solutions.
03/08: Vyatta, Inc BGP Performance Evaluation versus Cisco 7204VXR Router
Tolly Group engineers verified the BGP routing scalability (BGP route table capacity, BGP convergence times and BGP peer router capacity) versus Cisco 7204VXR routers with Network Processing Engine NPE-G1 and NPE-G2. Engineers also measured the Layer 3 bidirectional zero-loss throughput for various packet sizes in a three-port full-mesh configuration. Results were compared with Cisco 7204VXR routers and used to obtain a price/performance comparison.
03/08: H3C SR6600 Series Feature and Performance Evaluation of High-End Open Multi-core Router Family
The Tolly Group selected all models from the H3C SR6600 family for testing and verified via its Tolly Verified (TV) certification program more than 50 features for Layer 2/3 functions, network protocols, security, Quality of Service, system management, multicast, and reliability of services. The H3C SR6600 series showed high performance with four and 16 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports, IPSec with 3DES and SHA1, four Channelized Packet Over SONET-Optical Carrier 3 (CPOSOC3) interfaces and MultiLink Point-to-Point Protocol on four CPOS-OC3 interfaces.
03/08: H3C S5500-EI Series Feature and Performance Evaluation of Enhanced 10GbE IPv6 Switch Family
The Tolly Group selected two models, H3C S5500-28C-EI and H3C S5500-28C-PWR-EI, from the H3C S5500-EI family for testing and verified more than 90 features for Layer 2 functions, Layer 3 functions, IPv6 features, network protocols, Quality of Service, systems management, multicast and reliability of services. The H3C S5500-EI series achieved Layer 2/3 IPv4 and IPv6 wire-speed throughput across 24 GbE +four 10GbE ports for all frame/packet sizes including Jumbo Frames/packets tested.
03/08: H3C S3100-EI Series Feature and Performance Evaluation of Intelligent and Secure Switch Family
The Tolly Group selected two models, H3C S3100-26TP-EI and H3C S3100-26TP-PWR-EI, from the H3C S3100-EI family for testing and verified more than 30 features for Layer 2 functions, multicast, network protocols, Quality of Service, and systems management. The H3C S3100-EI series achieved Layer 2 wire-speed throughput across 24 Fast Ethernet (FE) ports for all frame sizes from 64 to 1,518 bytes.
03/08: Fujitsu XG2000 Series Switches 10 Gigabit Ethernet Zero-Loss Throughput and Latency Evaluation
Engineers measured the zero-loss 10GbE throughput of the XG2000 to determine the capability of the device to scale wire-speed throughput across a large number of servers. Engineers also recorded the latency introduced by the XG2000 when handling the frame sizes ranging from 64 bytes to 16,128-byte Jumbo Frames, as well as two sets of mixed frame sizes.
01/08: A10 Networks, Inc. AX 3200 Ver. 1.2 Performance Evaluation of Application Delivery Controller
Tolly Group engineers benchmarked the connection-per-second (cps) rate, transaction-per-second (tps) rate, SYN cookies, and aggregate throughput of the AX 3200 at Layer 4, Layer 7 plus SSL sessions for five object sizes ranging from 128- to 512K-bytes. Then, engineers calculated the price/performance.
01/08: H3C SR8800 Series Feature and Performance Evaluation of 10GbE Core Router Family
The Tolly Group selected two models, H3C SR8805 and H3C SR88012, from the H3C SR8800 family for testing and verified more than one hundred features for Layer 2 and Layer 3 functions, network protocols, security, Quality of Service, system management, multicast and reliability of services. H3C SR8800 series showed Layer 2 wire-speed throughput across two 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces for all the frame sizes tested.
01/08: H3C S7500E Series Feature and Performance Evaluation of High-End Multi-Service Routing Switch Family
The Tolly Group selected two models, H3C S7503E and H3C S7506E, from the H3C S7500E family for testing and verified more than 80 features for Layer 2 and Layer 3 functions, network protocols, security, Quality of Service, system management, multicast, and reliability of services. The H3C S7500E Series achieved Layer 2/3 IPv4/6 wire-speed throughput across four 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 96 GbE ports for all the frame/packet sizes tested.
01/08: Cisco Catalyst VSS virtual switch test
In an exclusive Clear Choice test of Cisco's new Virtual Switching System (VSS), Network World conducted its largest-ever benchmarks to date, using a mammoth test bed with 130 10G Ethernet interfaces. The results were impressive: VSS not only delivers a 20fold improvement in failover times but also eliminates layer-2 and layer-3 redundancy protocols at the same time.