Safire

Enterprise Firewall Performance Tester

USED BY:

Enterprise IT
Network Security
System Integrators
Data Centers
Finance
Government
Defense

TECHNOLOGIES:

Network Security

TEST APPLICATIONS:

Performance Testing
Functional Testing
Quality of Service
Security

About Safire

Enterprise firewalls improve network security by segmenting corporate LANs. However, each of the advanced security functions (e.g. antivirus, app-control, IPS and SSL decryption) has a performance penalty. Combined, these features can seriously reduce network performance (in some instance up to 90%) – frustrating users and reducing business performance.

Safire is the only solution on the market that solves this problem quickly and cost-effectively.

Simply connect Safire to your firewall, define a traffic profile that matches your network, and select the features you want to measure. Initiate the test and in minutes Safire will compile a PDF report detailing how each feature impacts performance, with easy-to-understand graphs that clearly pinpoint the firewall’s breaking point and a wealth of other data.

Safire is a simple and cost-efficient tool for testing firewall performance prior to deployment:

  • Comparing different enterprise firewalls prior to purchasing
  • Validating performance prior to installation

It can also pay to test firewall performance after it has been deployed:

  • Checking performance after firewall software updates and patches
  • Verifying performance following significant LAN traffic changes
  • Measuring performance impact of emerging applications

The no-fuss way to test

Enterprise Firewall Performance

EXAMPLE OF USE

Enterprise Firewalls

Firewalls are essential for securing corporate networks. Understanding their impact on network performance is essential for business efficiency.

That’s why Xena developed Safire.

EXAMPLE OF USE

IT Managers

IT managers must constantly balance the need for network security with the need for fast, ubiquitous access to network resources.

Firewalls are great for security but they can seriously impact network performance. That’s frustrating for users and bad for business. Up until now, pinpointing the problem has been a real headache for IT managers. That’s why Xena developed Safire.

System Diagram

Software

SafireManager

Safire is controlled via a simple web-interface called SafireManager. Users are guided through the few simple steps of connecting to the firewall and defining each variable relevant to the test – which network scenario and traffic mix to use, how many users to be emulated, which firewall features to test and so on. This typically takes only a few  clicks, and then Safire is ready to start testing.

Every network has a unique traffic profile defined by the applications being used, the number of users, the data and security policies, the network topology and so on. Performance testing enterprise firewalls – where application-awareness is widely used for policing the traffic – requires unique traffic that matches the traffic profile of that network. To help you do this, Safire includes an extensive library of application traffic and protocols in pcap format to maximize the accuracy of the test.

Once each test is complete, Safire generates a simple-to-read PDF report that summarizes the the key findings on the front page, followed by a wealth of graphical data so you can instantly spot any serious performance issues.

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Here you can see the traffic profile derived from Safire’s application library.

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The graphs show various measurements such as goodput, errors, latency, sessions, malware passed, and firewall CPU and memory usage. Charts can be resized to speed up result analysis.

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This is where you run/stop test and download report after test is finished.

Easy to transport

SAFIRECOMPACT

A lightweight, easy-to-transport chassis:

Dimensions
– W: 19” (48.26cm)
– H: 1.75” (4.45cm)
– D: 9.8” (25cm)
– Weight: 10lbs (4.5kg)

C-Safire-24PE-10G:

2 x 10GE test ports and access to 24 packet engines.

C-Safire-24PE-10G-CU:

2 x 10GE copper test ports and access to 24 packet engines.

LATEST FEATURES

CONFIGURABLE TRAFFIC MIX PROFILE

Configurable traffic mix profiles from 75 applications and 12 pre-define profiles to match enterprise and data center networks for even greater realism and flexibility.

SSL DECRYPTION SUPPORT

Application traffic profiles support inbound and outbound SSL decryption for performance testing.

SOURCE & DESTINATION NAT SUPPORT

These important features enable Safire to better support for enterprise perimeter firewall testing & data center testing.

VARIOUS INTERFACE AND SPEEDS SUPPORT

Two hardware variants enable testing of both optical and copper interfaces at speeds of 100Mb/1G/2.5G/5G/10G.

CONFIGURABLE TEST ITERATION DURATION

Option to configure test iteration duration with information of estimated overall test duration displayed.

FIREWALL CPU AND MEMORY USAGE MONITORING

Monitoring firewall CPU and memory usage while performance test is running by CLI commands.

COMING SOON

FIREWALL REST API SUPPORT

Monitor firewalls using their REST API in addition to CLI.

FIREWALL UNDER TEST SELECTION

Create and save a firewall under test in database and select it when creating a test case.

DOCUMENTATION

All the documentation about Safire products

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