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NEXCOM Network Security Appliance Secures SMB Networks with Annapurna Labs’ Processor

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NEXCOM Network Security Appliance Secures SMB Networks with Annapurna Labs’ Processor

TAIPEI, Oct. 7, 2015 – NEXCOM network security appliance DNA 1720 is geared towards SMBs’ need for secured network communication. Collaborating with Annapurna Labs, an Amazon company, NEXCOM has built the DNA 1720 with the Alpine AL314 processor.

Today security devices for the SMB market struggle with bandwidth and compute bottlenecks either using old generation CPUs or not having enough network bandwidth. The DNA 1720 relieves networking bottlenecks and strengthens security control measures with high computing performance, high port density and the support for DMZ network segmentation. Built with the Annapurna Labs’ Alpine AL314 processor, the DNA 1720 features high performance per watt, two 2.5G high-throughput SGMII interfaces, and hardware-accelerated packet processing performance. The DNA 1720 integrates optional VDSL, Wi-Fi, and PoE modules to flexibly aggregate and carry wireless broadband traffic and adapt to installation constraints for use in different office settings.

“Intended for SMB environments, the network security appliance DNA 1720 is boosted by Annapurna Labs’ Alpine AL314 processor with four ARM® Cortex®-A15 cores and has a total of sixteen GbE LAN ports. The DNA 1720 delivers ample computing performance to provide firewall, UTM, and VPN protections against unauthorized access attempts; while the DNA 1720’s high port density allows it to manage inbound and outbound traffic passing through an SMB network. Moreover, the DNA 1720 supports the design of the perimeter network with DMZ implementation to keep external-facing servers and services, such as FTP requests, from secure subnets,” said Hadwin Liu, Chief Architect of NEXCOM Network and Communication Solutions Business Group.

For different installation environments, the DNA 1720 allows various WAN connections to connect to outbound networks. Besides one WAN port, the DNA 1720 can be configured with VDSL, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connectivity to provide alternatives to and/or backups for a wired network. For instance, NEXCOM has developed dual-band dual-concurrent 3×3 802.11n and 802.11ac modules for accessing high speed wireless broadband networks. Power over Ethernet (PoE) connection is another feature that comes in handy for offices in remote locations where power supply is an issue and for simplified cabling of Wi-Fi APs, IP cameras, VoIP phones, and office appliances.

Also, an RJ45 and mini-USB console ports are provided to help IT administrators access the command line interface (CLI) for management purposes.

Main Features

  • Annapurna Labs’ Alpine AL314, a quad-core 1.7GHz ARM Cortex-A15 based processor
  • Onboard 2GB SLC NAND flash with support for up to 4 GB and 1, 2 or 4 multiple NAND flash
  • Onboard 2GB 64-bit DDR3 (4x256Mx16bit) with 8-bit ECC, expandable to up to 4GB
  • Two 2.5G SGMII for high bandwidth connection between CPU and Ethernet switch
  • Optional PoE modules for 2x 802.3at or 4x 802.3af ports
  • Optional Wi-Fi modules and three antennas for dual-band dual-concurrent 3×3 802.11n/ac connection
  • Optional VDSL2 daughter board for both ANSI and ETSI

About NEXCOM: Founded in 1992, NEXCOM integrates its capabilities and operates six global businesses, which are Multi-Media Solutions, Mobile Computing Solutions, IoT Automation Solutions, Network and Communication Solutions, Intelligent Digital Security, and Medical and Healthcare Informatics. NEXCOM serves its customers worldwide through its subsidiaries in five major industrial countries. Under the IoT megatrend, NEXCOM expands its offerings with solutions in emerging applications including IoT, robot, connected cars, Industry 4.0, and industrial security. www.nexcom.com

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