Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines...
The races are now officially on. After a couple of quiet and not so quiet announcements of 10Gbps network IPS products this last year, it appears the market has achieved a quorum. And NSS Labs is continuing its tradition by leading the industry's first group test of these speed-demons. We will be evaluating the security effectiveness of these products at various performance levels, as well as their stability, usability/management features. See the methodology (link below) if you're interested in the details.
Several vendors are offering appliances boasting true 10Gbps throughput, while yet others are offering solutions which combine a load balancer and multiple smaller NIPS appliances. There are operational and financial reasons for both approaches. Some of the trade-offs will be discussed in the final group report to be published in Q4. If you're a vendor, we'd like to hear from you. If you're a user, buyer, or otherwise interested, you may wish to sign up to be alerted when the results are out (newsletter sign-up).
- Details of the test announcement
- The preliminary test methodology