Network bandwidth has been increasing rapidly and security analytics until now have been forced to rely on statistical sampling. Typically one random packet out of a thousand is analyzed, while the remaining 99.9 percent pass through unchecked.
Trident 4C eliminates the need to compromise between performance and security. Random sampling is replaced by inspection of 100 percent of the traffic, even at the extreme bandwidths found in network cores. Trident 4C integrates a revolutionary, purpose-built analytics engine capable of 170 billion operations per second with the ability to detect suspicious flow anomalies at line rate. This engine, enabled by default, has no impact on switch operation or performance.
“Sampling-based approaches to security are inherently flawed. We decided to eliminate the tradeoff between security and performance,” said
“Over the past couple of years my team of researchers have collaborated with Broadcom on applying these groundbreaking real-time connection monitoring capabilities to develop a new generation of network security solutions,” says
“Arista’s 7050X4 series is powered by the Broadcom Trident 4 chipsets offering systems that today scale to 32 ports of 400G,” says
“Our enterprise and service provider customers demand a high degree of flexibility from their core switches, particularly as they continue to expand and upgrade their networks,” said
Trident 4C key benefits
- Connection-aware monitoring of 500k+ active flows at 5.4 billion packets/second
- 170 billion ALU operations per second for advanced connection fingerprinting
- 4M state flow metrics counters set by a programmable arithmetic engine
- 1M exact-match policy ACLs
- Suitable for fixed-configuration and chassis-based designs
- SONiC and SAI readiness for rapid integration into high-capacity networks
Broadcom is now shipping Trident 4C/ BCM56890 devices to qualified customers. For more information on the Broadcom Trident 4C Ethernet switch please click here.
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