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US Army Cyber School Deploys 100 Gbps Router Network with TNSR®

The US Army Cyber School (USACS) has been a pfSense® software user for years. But as we’ve noted in many writings, there comes a time when scale and manageability needs extend well beyond pfSense software capabilities. 100 Gbps routing is a good example - especially when it is expected to take on IPSec at that speed.

USACS came to us with a specific set of requirements: a high-performance, scalable, robust, low-cost, network forwarding and security solution that can efficiently run on commodity hardware already available.

Our response was TNSR, built upon Vector Packet Processing (VPP) from FD.io - a Linux Foundation Networking project to which Netgate has made significant technology contributions.

I was personally thrilled at this opportunity, as it marked the realization of a presentation I gave on behalf of the Linux Foundation at its Open Source Summit (Edinburgh, October 2018) titled “100 Gbps Open-Source Software Router? It’s Here.” The LFN has written an excellent use case story about the USACS and its VPP/TNSR deployment. You can find it here.

It’s a great trifecta: a Department of Defense agency tasked with training cyber-warriors, the power of open source software to help change the world, and a vendor that heartily believes in - and directly supports - the open source movement with technology contribution and productization.

Reach out to us if you’d like to learn more about how TNSR can address your needs.