SOURCE: BreakingPoint Systems

cyber security products

February 11, 2011 09:15 ET

BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM to Launch at RSA 2011: Only Product Capable of Measuring Cost, Performance, and Stability of Moving to Cloud Environment

Patented Network Processor Powers Three-Slot Chassis That Simulates 90 Million Users of Enterprise-Grade Applications Such as Billing, Inventory, Customer Relationship Management and E-Commerce Software

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - February 11, 2011) - Visit BreakingPoint at RSA Conference, Booth #951-- BreakingPoint today unveiled the BreakingPoint FireStorm Cyber Tomography Machine™ (CTM), tripling the company's industry-leading performance to simulate the world's most exact Internet-scale network conditions. The compact, three-slot chassis simulates blended application traffic at 120 gigabits per second (Gbps) and the load from 90 million concurrent users making online purchases, sending emails, inputting inventory orders and managing customer records and thousands of other scenarios. By simulating exact Internet-scale conditions, the BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM is the only product capable of optimizing and hardening cloud and virtualized environments.

Industry commentary: BreakingPoint CTO and Co-founder Dennis Cox
"When building a cloud or virtualized environment, it's important to understand the impact of this migration on cost, performance and stability," said BreakingPoint CTO Dennis Cox. "In the past, to determine if the move to a virtualized or cloud environment was right for your business, you needed racks and racks of servers and a multitude of application licenses to simulate a realistic load. Today, one 4-U BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM can simulate every Internet user in California, three times over,(1) while they are all inputting sensitive customer data or streaming HD movies using a cloud infrastructure. Only at this level of performance and realism can enterprises truly determine if the move to a cloud-based infrastructure will pay off in the long run."

Harden and optimize cloud and virtualized environments under high-stress loads
Cloud and virtualized environments promise a massive shared network and application infrastructure that provide dynamic resource allocation. These environments, while distributing software, infrastructure and platforms as a service, also lead to a highly variable and often unpredictable pool of users. Understanding exactly how a cloud or virtualized environment will work is dependent on validating it using specific user load and application mixes.

Powered by BreakingPoint's patented network processor technology, the BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM not only delivers substantial new application and attack traffic performance gains, but it also features a 17-fold increase in SSL bulk encryption to 38 Gbps with any cipher, an increase in universal 10 GigE/1GigE ports and dozens of new features. The BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM is also supported by the BreakingPoint Application and Threat Intelligence (ATI) program, which distributes weekly updates of applications and attacks to maintain resiliency in the face of changing conditions. The exclusive capabilities and simple user interface of the BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM give vendors a comprehensive, easy-to-use device to validate the resiliency of their products before they are put to the test in enterprise, carrier, cable operator and government IT infrastructures.

Schedule a demonstration of the BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM at RSA Conference.

Additional use cases: simulate LTE/4G networks, harden next-generation devices and create advanced cyber ranges

  • Emulating the behavior of 90 million smartphone users and enabling service providers to optimize current 3G and future LTE/4G mobile networks using a blend of voice, video, application and attack traffic at line-rate speeds.
  • Creating the world's most advanced and cost-efficient cyber ranges and delivering realistic cyber war simulations, including Advanced Persistent Threat simulation, to train cyber defenders.
  • Automatically simulating the conditions required to analyze the resiliency of devices, networks and data centers and produce the definitive BreakingPoint Resiliency Score.

BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM: By the numbers
Leveraging all the power and flexibility of the award-winning BreakingPoint Storm CTM, the BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM takes performance to a new level with:

  • 300 percent increase in performance, including:
    • 120 Gbps of real-world application traffic simulation.
    • 3 million TCP sessions per second.
  • The ability to simulate 90 million simultaneous users.
  • 17-fold increase in SSL bulk encryption at 38 Gbps with any cipher.
  • 100 percent increase in dedicated capture buffer per port, to 4 GB.
  • 12-fold improvement in the ability to measure latency, now at 10-nanosecond resolution.
  • 50 percent increase in 10 GigE port density.
  • Twelve universal 10 GigE/1 GigE ports.
  • The ability to generate complex, higher-performance Layer 2 and 3 streams.
  • An easily swappable, solid-state 160 GB hard drive.

Both the BreakingPoint FireStorm and Storm CTMs continue to provide the industry's most comprehensive library of application and attack simulation:

  • More than 150 application protocols, including AOL® IM, Google® Gmail, FIX/FIXT, IBM® DB2®, VMware® VMotion™, RADIUS, SIP, RTSP, RTP, Netflix®, SSL, Facebook®, Skype™, TR-069 and many others. These protocols -- plus thorough protocol fuzzing and fault injection -- allow users to produce a custom mix of traffic and measure its impacts.
  • More than 4,500 current, comprehensive and global security attacks to validate that networks are secure.

How to purchase the BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM
The BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM can be purchased directly from BreakingPoint or the company's global network of resellers. Current BreakingPoint Storm CTM users can purchase individual BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM blades that can be used in their existing chassis in parallel with BreakingPoint Storm CTM 10 GigE or 1 GigE blades. Contact your BreakingPoint representative or visit to get started.

About BreakingPoint
BreakingPoint is the standard by which the world's governments, enterprises and service providers measure and harden the resiliency of their network and data center infrastructures. BreakingPoint's patented network processor architecture powers the world's first and only Cyber Tomography Machines (CTMs) to expose previously impossible-to-detect stress fractures within network and data center infrastructures before they are exploited to compromise customer data, corporate assets, brand reputation and even national security. For more information, visit

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Kyle Flaherty
    BreakingPoint Systems
    (512) 821-6059
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