Solaris for security ISVs and network appliances

With the recent and enhancements in the Solaris networking stack Solaris has become a very interesting player for ISVs and appliance vendors in the security appliance space.

First of all the fact that Solaris is open source and lets ISVs and appliance vendors link their proprietary modules with the OpenSolaris source code without distributing the source code of these proprietary modules or having to worry about legal concerns is a big plus over other OSes

Secondly, the recent and ongoing enhancements really put Solaris into the driver seat:

Solaris has made a huge step forward in the network performance space:
  • With FireEngine and Nemo the Solaris networking performance has gone up by some 50%
  • The arrival of the packet filtering APIs that Darren Reed is work on will be improving the firewall performance on Solaris by about 20% (This is the number we are getting with ipfilter)
  • Project Surya which is about to integrate into Solaris will greatly improve the forwarding performance


    There are a lot of new cool features in Solaris or coming out soon:
  • Ongoing virtualization of the stack through Stack Instances as well as CrossBow will provide a much better control over the networking stack
  • A prototype for Ethernet Bridging is already available through OpenSolaris. Pretty soon will be integrating a more advanced version based on the CrossBow virtual NIC concept
  • Quagga is providing very cool routing functionality

    You can expect a lot more really cool stuff out of the Solaris networking group in the near future! Let me know if you are interested in participating!
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