SILICON VALLEY: Cavium’s processors to power Palo Alto Networks


Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), has teamed up with local network security company, Palo Alto Networks, to give a bit of a boost to its firewall performance using Octeon II Processors.

Palo Alto Networks, which sells some rather advanced firewall products says it will be using the Octeon II CN68XX because it incorporates 32 powerful 64-bit cores and hardware accelerators to add a performance boost.

The firewalls are said to be cutting edge owing to their ability to scan identify and filter traffic by user, instead of just by computer IP address, which allows businesses to build custom fit security policies instead of the block-or-nothing approach offered by traditional port-blocking firewalls.

PAN puts emphasis on application visibility, application control and threat prevention – App-ID, User-ID, and Content-ID – and apparently delivers all this at “low latency, multi-gigabit performance” using the firm’s Single Pass Parallel Processing (SP3) Architecture.

It’s not the first time Palo Alto Networks has used Cavium’s chips, either. The firm has already massively deployed systems powered by Octeon processors in the past, including for its PA-4000 series.

By using the firewall products, PAN says enterprises “can accurately identify and control applications by user, scan content to stop threats, and prevent data leakage — all with a single network device,” and that by reducing the number of security devices in their networks, companies can save both capital expenditures and operational costs.


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