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Metamako enters security market, launching low-latency firewall solution

Posted on May 10, 2018 by Annekathrin Hase 10 May 2018

10 May 2018, New York, London & Sydney:  Metamako, acknowledged leader in the low-latency, FPGA-enabled network solutions space, has now entered the security space with the announcement of its MetaProtect™ Firewall solution.

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The powerful 48-port (x10GbE) network appliance is designed to deliver new levels of ultra-fast firewall protection through packet filtering and logging. It is ideal for situations where a firewall solution is mandatory but ultra-low latency as well as high port density are required.

Metamako’s approach to innovation has established the company as unique in bringing fast, intelligent switching technology to market; the launch of MetaProtect™ Firewall is set to make similar changes offering security for exchanges, banks and other trading institutions as well as outside of the financial services sector.

Dr Dave Snowdon, founder and CTO of Metamako, said: “We have put a significant development into our new firewall technology, using our extensive efforts in low-latency switching to improve the performance of these stateless firewall products. As with all things Metamako, it is engineered to do the job required better and faster than anything else out there. Surprisingly, packet filtering technology has suffered from an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ attitude, which has prevented progress: it is now time for change. Clients have seen the benefits of using our low-latency devices and have asked if we can improve their firewall architecture. We were able to draw on our flexible FPGA platforms and app infrastructure to very quickly build the right product for those customers, and the result is MetaProtect -- a low latency firewall.”

He adds: “Some exchanges in Asia, for example the Korean Stock Exchange (KRX), stipulate that a broker must ‘own and manage’ a firewall between a client’s trading servers and the exchange. The latency penalty that this introduces was a major concern for trading participants. Now that there’s an ultra-low latency, high-density firewall solution available, the exchange facing architecture is far better.”

MetaProtect performs packet filtering in 130 nanoseconds, some of the fastest in the industry, as well as comprehensive logging capabilities for those filters. It provides flexibility in how it can be configured, including the ability to specify ports which don’t need to be filtered, in which case packets are passed through in a staggering 5 nanoseconds.

Key functionality:

  • Ultra-low latency filtering with average latency of 130 nanoseconds (1 rule) to 155 nanoseconds (510 rules) - some of the fastest in the industry
  • Extreme determinism -- a tightly bounded maximum latency for each configuration.
  • High port density with 48 x 10GbE ports and 32 x firewall filters
  • Up to 510 rules per port
  • Extensive packet statistics for all ports for advanced network monitoring
  • Comprehensive logging including logged statistics of permitted and denied packets
  • All technical specifications are available here

Metamako has accelerated its growth over the past 12 months with its first acquisition, buying the xCelor hardware business, announced last month. Being the network solution of choice for financial firms such as electronic traders and exchanges, it is now expanding into new verticals, notably network monitoring, telecommunications, data centre and security spaces; with the MetaProtect™ Firewall marking yet another clear step into new markets.

Further reading:

Datasheet: MetaProtect Firewall - Technical Specifications

Use case: Metamako provides technology to monitor every trade at Deutsche Börse

Use case: Trader Mana Partners gains ultra-low latency exchange connectivity with Metamako