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April 11, 2011

Lanner Electronics Unveils Network Appliance Based on Intel Network Processor

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Lanner Electronics (News - Alert), a Taipei, Taiwan-based designer and manufacturer of network application platforms, has released its 1U network appliance based on Intel's (News - Alert) Xeon Network Processor E3-1200 family and Intel C206 chipset, the latest server grade work station platform from the chip maker.

The new FW-8865 1U network appliance supports up to 21 LAN ports and features many enterprise-level solutions for mainstream platforms, according to company officials.

Featuring a combination of latest server-grade architecture and chipset from Intel, the FW-8865 delivers significant improvements in energy efficiency, performance and manageability over the previous generation of Intel Xeon processors, according to Matt Langman, director of product marketing, Intel Embedded Computing Division.

“This network appliance (the FW-8865) is our most extreme 1U system,” said Jesse Chiang, Lanner’s Network Security Product Planner, in a statement. “Using the newest server-grade Intel architecture and the most recent update in the Intel Xeon Processor (News - Alert) family, this network appliance has the capacity to hold two Lanner 8800 Series Modules, giving a maximum total of 21 LAN ports.”

The FW-8865 is compatible with both Linux and Windows operating systems. It features an RJ-45 Console port, 2 x USB 2.0 ports and a 2 x 20 LCM. Additionally, it has an internal RTC and a watchdog to ensure constant operation, company officials said.

According to Lanner officials, the platform has been extensively tested for temperatures between 0 and 40 degree Celsius. It can be ordered with dual power supplies for redundancy purposes.

The FW-8865 boasts of 4 onboard LAN ports that can feature Generation 3 bypass, a Lanner design that gives end users absolute control over bypass functionality by allowing them control over the bypass ports even when the platform is in a powering on/off stage.

Recently Lanner Electronics released the Freescale (News - Alert) based MR-350 network appliance to the general public. This network appliance uses QorIQ series CPUs and boasts of high levels of integration and savvy power mechanics to enter a wide swath of network appliance applications.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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