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The Tolly Group Gives High Rating to Brocade ADCs

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February 02, 2010

The Tolly Group Gives High Rating to Brocade ADCs

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Independent third-party test results from The Tolly Group indicate that the Brocade ServerIron ADX Series of Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) has demonstrated the highest-performing Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) acceleration performance.

Brocade (News - Alert) says that the performance of its products successfully surpassed the next-closest competitive offering by nearly two times. The SSL acceleration and offload capability of the ServerIron ADX Series can result in significant revenue gains, IT cost efficiencies and broader security.
This is made possible thanks to maximization of the performance, utilization and security of Web- and IP-based application infrastructures and services that range from e-mail to e-commerce.
The SSL performance of the ServerIron ADX 1000 was measured through independent testing by Tolly Group engineers who then evaluated the findings using performance capacities publicly announced by products from Cisco Systems (News - Alert), Citrix Systems and F5 Networks.
The tests clearly indicated that the ServerIron ADX 1000 was able to deliver significantly greater SSL acceleration capacity at the lowest cost-per-transaction among the systems analyzed.
The testing demonstrated that the Brocade solution delivered better SSL performance and price/performance value than the Cisco, Citrix and F5 devices tested. It could deliver about four times the number of SSL transactions per second of the Cisco ACE 4710, priced at 30 percent less than the Cisco offering.
The Tolly Group (News - Alert) noticed no impact to Layer 7 load balancing throughput while processing demanding SSL traffic flows. It reported port connectivity flexibility with 16 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports and two 10 GbE ports in a 1U form factor and 9.4 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of raw Layer 7 throughput (more than twice that of any other device tested).
Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst, enterprise voice and data, Infonetics Research noted that terminated sales opportunities, lost productivity and security breaches are often caused by insufficient network switching capacity for high volumes of Web transactions, e-commerce purchases and secure connections.
Machowinski said that businesses require adequate levels of transaction processing with high-performance SSL offload and acceleration to ensure sufficient headroom to accommodate frequent user spikes.
“By building an infrastructure that can cost-effectively scale to their maximum requirements, they can preserve business continuity and revenue opportunities.”

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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