Allegro Packets produces hardware for recording and analyzing network traffic for the server rack. With the new x310, x410 and x510 appliances, the manufacturer has now introduced the successors to the x300, x400 and x500 series. The Leipzig-based company is thus turning several optimization screws at the same time: increased data acquisition speeds, expanded storage capacities and faster and larger SSD storage. The maximum RAM capacity has been increased by 50 percent and the data acquisition performance by 60 to 100 percent compared to its predecessors. All models can handle up to four million simultaneous connections.
Innovations at a glance
Each of the x310, x410 and x510 series appears in four different expansion levels. The x310 with the components 1310, 3310, 5310 and 7310 only require one height unit. The RAM capacity starts at 192 GB and ends at 6144 GB. This is an important factor for scaling the components because they work with an in-memory database. In addition, they already have two SFP+ monitoring ports as standard, which means they can handle 10G monitoring in the basic version. There are also options for two expansion slots and now also for an additional OCP slot. For the packet ring storage, the models provide ten SATA/U.2 slots for 2.5-inch SSDs. The top model 7310 offers up to 120 Gbit/s analysis performance and up to 240 Gbit/s in capture-only operation, i.e. when only recording is made into the packet ring memory. The smallest variant, the 1310 model, already offers up to 20 Gbit/s analysis and 40 Gbit/s in capture-only operation.
With the current models, Allegro Packets also includes a new USB adapter for WiFi 6e for the also quite new WiFi analysis. Allegro Packets had already delivered the adapter free of charge to existing customers.
x410 takes up twice as much space
The x410 devices require two height units in the rack and provide twelve 3.5 inch SATA3 slots. Two SFP+ ports are already included in the basic configuration. This model series also offers six expansion slots plus an OCP slot. This means that a total of up to 30 SFP+ slots are available for monitoring.
If you need even more storage volume, you can switch to the x510 series, which takes up four height units for 36 SATA/SAS slots, as the data sheet reveals. However, in contrast to the x310 and x410, it only offers the option for up to 3072 GB of RAM. In addition, in contrast to the smaller versions, the top model only delivers 200 Gbit/s recording performance, as only four SSDs can be used in the 36 slots. They also provide space for four expansion cards, although no onboard capture ports are available. All models are available now.
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