[Bro] Bro Network Appliance Options

Greg Kopchinski gregk at bivio.net
Mon Mar 9 14:17:00 PDT 2015

Hi Tim,

Bivio provides a range of Linux platforms that are used extensively by federal government entities to host Bro as well as other cyber security centric applications. Our B7000 series platforms can support Bro running at line rates to multiple Gbps line rate, and include copper & fiber interfaces with hardware bypass support. It is easy to scale the platform by adding additional processor blades, so for your requirements as noted you could start with the base product (B7512/14), and then later add a processor blade to support full GbE line rates, or even scale to full 10 Gbps throughput.

Our support and dev teams are very familiar with Bro as we are often called on by our customers to help optimize their systems for best performance, especially when running multiple co-tenant apps. The high level product info for the B7000 series is at http://www.bivio.net/products/b7000/, or I'd be happy to provide you with more information (PM me: gregk (at) bivio (dot) net).

Note: I am employed by Bivio Networks.

Marketing Manager, Bivio Networks
gregk at bivio.net

-----Original Message-----
From: bro-bounces at bro.org [mailto:bro-bounces at bro.org] On Behalf Of Tim Yardley
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 2:34 PM
To: bro at bro.org
Subject: [Bro] Bro Network Appliance Options


I'm gathering some requirements and vendor options associated with small scale Bro installations and looking for some input from the field. Namely, I have interest in systems that are known to work well with Bro, work reliably in the field, and that have the general community "stamp of approval".

Features I'd like to have:
- hardware bypass support (or ability to put in a card that does support it)
- 4 interfaces
- ability to scale to at least 100Mbit line rate, 1Gbit would be better but is not necessary

Any thoughts on CPU and RAM are always appreciated as well.
Recommended CPUs supporting any hardware options that are considered good to take advantage of, RAM sizing, etc.

Thank you in advance for any input you can provide, as I am sure that it can provide value to others as well.



Tim Yardley
Associate Director of Technology
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