Stampede FX Series

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Stampede FX Series

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Data center simplification and the growing migration to web-enabled applications are driving the need for a new class of multi-function optimization devices. The Stampede FX Series combines both one-sided application delivery and two-sided WAN optimization into a single platform. The FX Series delivers unprecedented application performance, optimization, transparency, availability and management for existing networks.

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Productivity and Performance

The Stampede FX Series WAN optimization improves access to your applications by reducing the amount of data transferred on the link through use of various compression and caching schemes as well as accelerating reliable protocols.

Optimizing SSL Connections

In today’s global economy with workers distributed throughout the world, enterprise applications are moving into central data centers or into the cloud. As this transition happens security is becoming a high priority. To combat rogue accesses to user data, enterprises employ techniques such as SSL encryption for their sensitive information. While securing the enterprise data is the highest priority, an unintended side effect is that the encryption defeats any WAN optimization on the network. SSL optimization allows the enterprise to optimize their WAN network by opening up the encrypted session on each side of the WAN, applying various optimization techniques such as caching and compression and re-encrypting the data that goes on the WAN. This maintains end-to-end security. SSL optimization is available in the FX-1005 and the FX-1010 and the FX-4010-EN.

Header Compression/Packet Aggregation

As real-time traffic moves to IP, there is a proliferation of traffic with small payloads. In this case, the header bytes can be 2 to 4 times the number of payload bytes. For small voice packets, compression can result in reducing the required data rate to 30 – 50% of the original. The FX will compress headers, and optionally compress payloads. The FX aggregates compressed packets into an Ethernet frame and sends it to a peer, where the packets are restored. Header compression is integrated into the traffic shaping, and maximum latency per queue can be enforced when aggregating packets. Header compression works at either L2 or L3 in the in-path configuration only.

Traffic Shaping and QoS

The FX traffic shaping is a flexible, three level shaper that supports point-to-point and point-to-multipoint links. Traffic shaping consists of two steps, classifying the traffic into queues and draining the queues. The FX has three levels of traffic classification to allow working with multiple links, multiple users and multiple types of traffic. Classifying can be done with source/destination subnets and ports, protocol, DSCP, VLAN p/q and MPLS label/EXP. CIRs and MIRs can be established at each of the levels of classification. Each link will also have a data rate associated with it, and traffic will be shaped to that data rate. These rates can be static or they can be dynamic, with the FX having the ability to regularly poll the associated modem for the real time data rate.

Transparent Assured Delivery

With flexible deployment options for in-path, Cisco’s Web Cache Communication Protocol (WCCP), and routed mode, the FX Series devices deliver unprecedented transparent optimization. End-to-end assurance is maintained for all applications providing transparency and the ability for existing Quality of Service (QoS) and network visibility management programs to continue monitoring the health of your network.

Optimize VLAN Trunked Data

All appropriate Layer 5 and Layer 7 optimizations are available for tagged VLAN data, preserving or recreating the VLAN tags for optimized traffic. Caches are maintained by appliance and by VLAN. In addition, the FX-1010 will support up to 8 LAN ports, each of which is tagged with a unique VLAN ID and passed to the WAN trunk port. Classification can be done based upon the VLAN PCP bits.

Multicator

The FX Series supports a reliable multicast. This is designed to work in a mesh network, but will also work in a hub/spoke network. In the mesh, any device can be a transmitter with the remaining devices being receivers. Multiple devices can be transmitters. The transmitter function is time shared, with a second device being given permission to transmit after the first is complete. This can work in a hub-spoke network where typically the ADC would be the transmitter, although this is not required. The process is to FTP a file from the client into the transmitter’s inbox, that file is transmitted reliably in a multicast to all of the receivers. Once transmitted, the receivers FTP the file to a specified server.

Redundancy and Fail Over

Redundancy is critical to 24/7 availability, and the FX appliance is designed to handle redundancy and fail over in three different ways; in-path, WCCP and routed. The in-path configuration is used when operating in conjunction with a CEFD modem operating with 1:1 redundancy. WCCP (Web Caching Communication Protocol) is used to allow up to 32 devices to serve in a pool, if any of the devices fail the pool’s load is redistributed among the remaining appliances. The in-path configuration has a primary and a redundant device in series, the redundant takes over whenever the primary fails. The routed mode configuration relies upon an external device to redirect traffic based on availability, such as a recursive next-hop.

Management

The FX platforms provide total insight through real-time information including over 100 real-time statistics providing extensive details on all inbound and outbound traffic via SNMP. Historical data for days or months are easily integrated into existing Network Management Systems via SNMP, simplifying capacity planning, trending, network issues, and application troubleshooting. Management information can be obtained via an intuitive Web GUI or SNMP. Firmware upgrades can automatically be pushed to the FX Series Remotes. The FX Series remotes poll the FX Series ADC for updates. When the ADC is updated; each remote will download the update and automatically update itself.

Flexibility

The FX Series platforms provide a comprehensive range of flexible options for total transparent 24/7 operation within your existing or growing network infrastructure. No matter what your application acceleration or WAN optimization requirements are today or in the future, the FX Series platform solutions will handle all your business critical applications with ease. Whether your installation requires small, medium or large branches or the consolidation of multiple remote or enterprise data centers, we have the solution for your organization’s needs.

Compatible with Advanced VSAT Solutions

The Stampede FX Series products can be added to an Advanced VSAT Solutions network for WAN optimization and application acceleration.

Solutions

Deploy the Stampede FX Series (ADC) as a single-sided solution to optimize traffic from your outbound channel. For a two-sided solution, add the FX Series Remote (REM) appliance or our remote software clients and achieve the ultimate in application acceleration and WAN optimization.