Ethernity Networks introduces cost-effective and future-ready VPN Gateway

Ethernity Networks, a leading innovator of network processing technology and products, introduced its ENET VPN Gateway, enabling the aggregation of multiple virtual private network (VPN) tunnels.

The ENET IPSec VPN solution fully offloads security functions from the CPU to the FPGA and uses Host Bypass to provide a more robust security than competitive solutions at a lower solution cost.

The ENET VPN Gateway integrates widely-used open source Libreswan security management software into Ethernity’s fully programmable FPGA-based security appliance and accelerates it to enable encrypted connectivity over the untrusted network. Libreswan offers a popular, affordable software solution that avoids vendor lock-in. Moreover, the FPGA within the ENET VPN Gateway appliance offers programmability that ensures future readiness for integration of other existing open source software as well as new flow monitoring functions, security protocols, and crypto algorithms.

The new Host Bypass feature isolates the traffic, packet editing, and encryption exclusively to the FPGA, entirely bypassing the CPU, which is vulnerable to breaches. The host can be authorized to receive or monitor traffic as needed, but by default, the FPGA handles all networking, flow monitoring, and security functionalities.

“Our network and security technology is populated on FPGA SoCs for embedded products, on FPGA SmartNICs, and now packaged with software to deliver a complete IPSec VPN appliance, offering a ready to deploy solution to shorten time-to-market,” said Eugene Zetserov, Vice President of Product Marketing at Ethernity Networks. “This appliance delivers secure, powerful, high-speed connectivity based on the combination of well-known open source software and our ACE-NIC FPGA SmartNIC, which enables enterprises, carriers, and cloud providers to deploy and manage their next generation networks at scale.”

The ENET IPSec VPN Gateway can be extended to serve Internet of Things (IoT) deployments by aggregating the numerous low-throughput VPN tunnels that are required and can also be easily incorporated as a subset of a high-speed SD-WAN infrastructure, providing significant acceleration of the IPSec security therein.

“Ethernity’s new ENET VPN Gateway is an innovative product that integrates open source security code with FPGA SmartNIC data acceleration,” said Gorkem Yigit, Senior Analyst at Analysys Mason. “Operators, enterprises, and cloud providers are embracing software-defined, automated and cloud-native networks to respond quickly and cost-effectively to constantly evolving customer demands. To build differentiated and future-proof WAN, cloud and IoT connectivity, they need high performance, programmable, secure and open-source enabled solutions such as ENET VPN Gateway.”