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Importance Of Programmability In Next-Generation Security Appliances

The flexibility and configurability of adaptive devices combined improves security processing performance.

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Traditional methods of deploying network security through software-based firewalls do not scale because the latency and bandwidth requirements cannot be addressed. The flexibility and configurability of Xilinx adaptive devices combined with IP and tool offerings significantly improves security processing performance.

This white paper explores multiple firewall architectures, which include software- and NPU-based architectures and explains why next-generation designs need an inline firewall architecture using Xilinx’s adaptive devices. Xilinx’s 16nm FPGAs and SoCs and 7nm Versal™ ACAPs offer multiple architectural components in the form of hardened blocks and soft IP, which make them ideal for designing next-generation security appliances. These IPs include high-speed SerDes and multirate interface IP, such as hardened MAC, PCIe® interfaces, and memory controllers. Xilinx devices also offer the latest state-of-the-art memory architecture with soft search IPs for flow classification, making them best suited for network security and firewall applications.

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