Stories by David Newman

Review: FireEye fights off multi-stage malware

You can't see some malware until it's too late. Sophisticated attacks arrive in pieces, each seemingly benign. Once these advanced attacks reassemble, the target is already compromised.

Written by David Newman05 May 14 22:38

What is a vulnerability?

Judging by initial appearances, our security testing turned up a ton of vulnerabilities – nearly 150 of them. In reality, however, none represented actual issues in the Huawei switch.

Written by David Newman30 Aug. 13 06:15

F5 data center firewall aces performance test

Huge data center, check. Multiple 10G Ethernet pipes, check. Load balancer, check. Firewall? Really? Do network architects need to buy yet another box, and likely take a performance hit?

Written by David Newman22 July 13 11:21

Huawei: Separating fact from fiction

Chinese telecom provider Huawei was hardly a household word a few months ago, but it's had lots of negative publicity of late, from an Economist cover story to a 60 Minutes piece.

Written by David Newman10 Oct. 12 17:40

How we tested the next-generation firewalls

We assessed performance using three sets of tests, covering forwarding rates with mixed HTTP content; rates with static HTTP content, and TCP connection behavior. Two pairs of Spirent Avalanche 3100 GT traffic generator/analyzers, each equipped with two 10G Ethernet interfaces, served as the primary test tool. We connected all devices using an Arista Networks 7124S 10-gigabit Ethernet top-of-rack switch.

Written by David Newman23 April 12 14:36

Scaling Up With SonicWALL's Supermassive

SonicWALL's initial response to results of our SSL decryption tests was "you've got to be kidding - we go way faster than that." Indeed, the vendor's internal tests showed the Supermassive decrypting SSL traffic at rates well into the gigabit range, compared with less than 100Mbps in some of our tests.

Written by David Newman23 April 12 14:36

How we tested Arista's DCS-7508 switch

We assessed the Arista DCS-7508 with tests of performance and power consumption. The performance tests used the Spirent TestCenter test instrument to measure layer-2 and layer-3 unicast throughput and latency; layer-2 and layer-3 multicast throughput and latency; OSPF equal cost multipath (ECMP); N+1 fabric failover; buffering capacity; OSPF routing capacity; and multi-chassis link aggregation (MLAG). All tests used version 4.8.4 of Arista's EOS software and Version 3.95 of Spirent TestCenter software.

Written by David Newman27 March 12 00:25

5 steps to high-speed Ethernet

If you're considering the move to 40/100gigabit Ethernet, here are five things to keep in mind:

Written by David Newman25 Oct. 11 00:51

Force10 S4810 data center switch

High port density, high throughput, and very low latency are bedrock requirements in the data center, and Force10's new S4810 top-of-rack switch delivers on all three counts.

Written by David Newman22 March 11 00:30

3Com S7906E

3Com says it has an alternative for network managers considering high-end switches from Cisco and others.

Written by David Newman01 June 09 15:30

Cisco ASR 1000 router

With enterprises looking to consolidate data centers and devices, Cisco's new ASR 1000 series router offers a compelling message: Do more with less.

Written by David Newman25 May 09 13:49