Safire

Enterprise Firewall Performance Tester

The no fuss way to test enterprise firewall performance.

Quickly & easily compare firewall performance

under different conditions. Which is fastest?

Which features slow it down most? How many users

and apps before it hits breaking point?

Fast answers to tough questions.

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

Safire Videos

See how easy it is

How to configure and customize traffic profiles in Safire so they accurately match a specific organization.

How to configure & run Safire test cases, and analyze the performance results of an enterprise firewall.

How to define a new “firewall-under-test” for Safire to test.

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System Diagram

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 profile to use, how many users to be emulated, which firewall features are enabled 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 to maximize the accuracy of the test.

Once the test is completed, 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.

3

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.

Test 1 & 10GE speeds

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

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

Tests 1, 2.5, 5 & 10GE speeds

LATEST FEATURES

TRAFFIC PROFILE IMPORTING AND EXPORTING

Traffic profile importing and exporting allows sharing traffic profiles among different Safire testers that are running with the same software version.

TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP (TCO) PER MBPS

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is added to the firewall under test with currency selection. TCO Per Mbps is automatically calculated from the measured firewall throughput and the TCO of the firewall and iincluded in test reports.

FIREWALL ACCESS USING REST API

REST API support added to firewall communicator. Choose REST API as the firewall access method for Safire to monitor firewall resource and clear firewall session table between test iterations.

SSL CERTIFICATE FOR MANAGEMENT PORT

Import user-defined SSL certificates and keys to the management port of Safire for enterprise IT integration.

ONLINE HELP BUTTON

Online Help button is added to the HELP page. Clicking the button takes user to Xena’s support page for easy access to all of Safire’s technical documentation.

COMING SOON

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC PROFILE GENERATION

Generate traffic profiles based on real-world monitoring information to match the unique traffic pattern in the production network. Extremely useful for production network firewall regression testing and assessment.

TEST DATA ANALYSIS

Data analysis to compare and analyze different test results and generate corresponding reports.

AUTO-FETCH FIREWALL SYSTEM INFORMATION AND POLICY CONFIGURATION

Prevent input errors when configuring test cases by auto reading information from the firewall under test.

DOCUMENTATION

All the documentation about Safire products

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Free webinar: Why Performance Test Your Enterprise Firewall?
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