Crossbeam Updates X-Series Security Platform

New blades, enhanced operating system improve scalability, performance, and cost savings

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Crossbeam Systems, Inc. has updated its X-Series Next Generation Security Platform with new application and network processing blades. The company has also updated its open secure X-Series Operating System (XOS) 8.5.

The X-Series is a security platform that virtualizes the delivery of security applications. It has been tested to “real world” rates of 40 Gbps with ultra-low latency, providing scalability and flexibility that meets the needs of large enterprises and service providers.

The fourth-generation application processing (APM 8650) and network processing (NPM 8620, NPM 8650) blades enable customers to dramatically reduce their data center footprint and consolidate security and networking devices onto one X-series chassis at an increased ratio of up to 50:1, more than double the consolidation benefits of the previous generation. The enhanced level of consolidation lowers the power/performance measure down to 44W/Gb. Additionally, with the NPM 8620, customers can take advantage of the X-Series architecture in more data center and network locations.

“The traditional approach to security, in which every new threat or compliance mandate requires adding more special-purpose appliances and network gear to the security infrastructure, is simply too complex, too difficult to manage, and too expensive to be considered viable,” said Chet Gapinski, vice president of engineering at Crossbeam. “The X-Series delivers a proven carrier-class architecture for network security, providing the only open and extensible platform that easily scales on demand while driving down costs through massive network consolidation. Our new modules, combined with XOS 8.5, significantly extend these capabilities and benefits.”

The fourth-generation blades, in connection with XOS 8.5, improve the X-Series by:

  • Further lowering the total cost of ownership by 15 percent or more through massive network security consolidation
  • Delivering the industry’s lowest cost to operate, 40 to 70 percent lower than competitive security architectures
  • Lowering power and cooling costs by 37 percent, reducing data center energy consumption for all security-related equipment by up to 75 percent.
  • Enabling more security applications to be deployed and provisioned within the same X-Series chassis, when and how they are needed

A key innovation of Crossbeam’s XOS open operating system is its patent-pending Secure Flow Processing technology that sequences traffic flows through security applications running on the X-Series according to each company’s unique policies. Network traffic can be directed through a series of security applications, such as proceeding from a firewall to IPS for deeper rules-based inspection. The ability for customers to serialize and parallelize traffic via Secure Flow Processing is one of the powerful and unique benefits of the X-Series, facilitating the virtualization of security within data centers and throughout the enterprise without sacrificing performance.

The new X-Series blades are available immediately worldwide. More information is available at