NCS, Interface Masters to to Showcase Portable Appliance at Linuxworld

NCS Technologies, Inc., a leader in OEM computing manufacturing services, and Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, announced that they will attend the Linuxworld Expo (August 5th-7th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco) and demonstrate the new NCS Technologies’ “Portable” Appliance combined with a newly released Interface Masters Niagara 3064, Quad Port Gigabit PCI-Express Server Adapter/NIC based on Broadcom’s BCM5709, at the Interface Masters Booth #1311.

The development of the new “Portable” Appliance clearly demonstrates NCS’ full custom design capability as it began as a napkin sketch by a customer. The requirement was for a unit to be portable yet powerful; conceptually a unit that could be easily deployed in an enterprise as a “network tap” to capture traffic in an inconspicuous manner, left for a week or two, then picked up and taken off site for data analysis. The appliance needed to have plenty of processing power (up to a quad core CPU), “tiered” storage (multiple 2.5″ SAS drives for high speed data capture, and large capacity SATA for archive), the ability to support multiple Gb LAN segments (expansion slots to accommodate additional low-profile NICs), and be small enough to be checked as normal baggage on a commercial airline.

Interface Masters’ Niagara 3×64 family of specialized network adapters are based on Broadcom’s latest Gigabit networking technology (BCM5709), and is a critical ingredient for high performance network applications. The Niagara 3×64 includes support for VMWare ESX, and is available in three varieties:

  • Niagara 3064 – Standard Quad-port Gb Ethernet adapter
  • Niagara 3264 – Quad port Gb with Bypass for enterprise network applications sitting “inline,” with a built-in programmable bypass circuit which takes the network ports off line in event of power or software failure
  • Niagara 3364 – Quad port Gb with hardware acceleration for encryption provided by Cavium and available as either a Standard or Bypass Server adapter

“We are pleased to team up with NCS Technologies, and support the new Portable Appliance which has the quality, reliability and power to support monitoring, security and a wide range of Networking applications”, said Ben Askarinam, Senior VP at Interface Masters Technologies. “With the complement of Interface Masters Networking product, the appliance can be connected to different network topologies and provide wide range of networking services, including bypass and high speed encryption required in security appliances.”

The NCS Portable has evolved from a mere concept to design, prototype, and now a shipping product, available for anyone requiring a portable appliance solution. The Portable is ideally suited for network forensics, network security assessments conducted for end-customers, product demonstrations, or professional services providers. For specific details on the NCS Portable, please go to: www.ncst.com/PDF/NCS_PortableAppliance.pdf

“Our OEM and ISV customers look to NCS for design expertise, platform validation, and our ability to bring their computing based products to market in a cost-effective and timely manner. In order to stay ahead of the pack, our customers expect us to be on top of all the latest technology developments so Interface Masters was a logical choice as a partner for a product requiring highly specialized, cutting edge networking capability.” said Steven Stuck, Group Vice President, OEM Servers & Appliances for NCS.

Availability
The NCS Portable is available now. Please contact us at www.ncst.com/OEM/ContactSales.aspx or call toll-free 1-888-RING-NCS. The Niagara 3×64 Family of Broadcom based NICs are available now and is targeted at Internet Service Providers (ISP), Telcos, and OEMs at the critical IT sector requiring Security, UTM market, Storage Area Networks (SAN), Intrusion Detection & Prevention and WAN Acceleration. For pricing please contact us at sales@interfacemasters.com.

About NCS Technologies
NCS Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of Windows, Linux and BSD solutions suitable for all types of enterprise technology needs. The company’s rock-solid products, which include robust workstations, mobile solutions, rack mount, pedestal, and ruggedized servers, and OEM appliance platforms, are available in a range of built-to-order configurations or can be completely customized. Headquartered in Northern Virginia, NCS’ customers include a wide variety of government, educational and commercial entities.

About Interface Masters Technologies
Interface Masters Technologies is an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions. Established in 1997, in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Interface Masters Technologies is privately held, profitable and growing at a rate of 30% per year (2004 YTD). Interface Masters Technologies flagship product lines include internal, external and intelligent Network bypass and failover systems that are targeted to increase the network reliability and availability of inline networking appliances. The company offers a variety of more than 70 products based on Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, copper and fiber-optic, specifically targeted at the critical IT sector requiring Security, UTM systems, Storage Area Networks (SAN), Intrusion Detection & Prevention and WAN Acceleration appliances. Company Headquarters is in San Jose, California with offices in Hong Kong, Germany and UK.