ThreatMeter appliance delivers multi-gigabit IDS/IPS performance in a 1U appliance

February 9, 2011

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, USA – February 8th, 2011 – nPulse Technologies will demonstrate the world’s first commercial implementation of the open-source, OISF- and DHS-sponsored Suricata IDS/IPS project ( at next week’s RSA Conference in San Francisco.

The ThreatMeter appliance, which is part of nPulse’s Dragonfly Sensor product line, delivers multi-gigabit IDS/IPS performance in a 1U appliance. ThreatMeter utilizes advanced packet capture hardware from Napatech and the latest rulesets from Emerging Threats Pro to achieve full packet inspection even on the busiest links.

Matt Jonkman, CEO of Emerging Threats Pro, and also Founder of the OISF, said, "It is exciting to see a solution with the performance and functionality of ThreatMeter come to market so quickly. It underscores the power of the open source, open standards philosophy embraced by both Emerging Threats Pro and the OISF, as well as by solution vendors like nPulse and Napatech."

“The multi-threaded architecture of Suricata is an excellent fit for our Dragonfly platform,” said Randy Caldejon, VP of Engineering at nPulse Technologies. "Our implementation of Suricata leverages Napatech’s hardware acceleration features to efficiently distribute the tasks of packet capture, decoding, and threat detection across multiple CPU cores. The end result is a solution that we believe will scale to 10Gbps.” Visitors to the RSA Expo will be able to see the ThreatMeter product on Napatech’s booth, #451.

nPulse is a Gold Member of the OISF Consortium, and maintains a QA Test lab for Suricata developers at its Charlottesville, VA, facility. Developers access the nPulse systems remotely, load their code revisions, and test Suricata releases under heavy traffic loads generated by nPulse’s HammerHead Traffic Capture and Replay System.

nPulse, Napatech, and Emerging Threats Pro will jointly host a press and analyst briefing at RSA on Wednesday, February 16th to present the ThreatMeter solution. Matt Jonkman will be the keynote speaker discussing issues and trends in next generation high-speed IDS/IPS implementation. The event will be held at 11:15am in Room North 133 of the Moscone Center. The briefing will be immediately followed by an open brainstorming session with the Suricata development team organized by the OISF.

About nPulse Technologies, LLC nPulse Technologies, LLC develops advanced Gigabit and 10Gbps network sensors for applications in monitoring, traffic recording, forensics and security. It combines leading open-source applications with the latest in standards-based server hardware and advanced packet capture technology to deliver powerful, affordable solutions.

nPulse Technologies, a privately held, Veteran-owned company with a strong history of service in both commercial and Federal government communities, is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. For more information, visit

About Emerging Threats Pro Emerging Threats Pro is the commercial ruleset based upon and supporting the Emerging Threats open source project Our team brings professional research and quality assurance combined with the intelligence and speed of the open security community to a premium ruleset. For more information, visit

About Napatech Napatech is the leading OEM supplier of multi-port 10 GbE and 1 GbE intelligent adapters for real-time network analysis with over 70,000 Ethernet ports deployed. Napatech network adapters provide real-time packet capture and transmission with full line-rate throughput and zero packet loss no matter the packet size. This results in more processing power for the network monitoring, analysis, management, test, measurement, security or optimization application being supported. Napatech has sales, marketing and R&D offices in Mountain View (CA), Andover (MA), Washington D.C., Tokyo (Japan) and Copenhagen (Denmark). For more information, visit

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