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September 23, 2002 – Bivio Networks IP Service Platform Establishes New Performance Benchmark for Check Point™ Firewall-1® Software

The Bivio 1000-CP™ Redefines Industry’s Performance Benchmark for All Packet Sizes

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Pleasanton, CA. — Sept 23, 2002 – Bivio Networks announced performance test results for the Bivio 1000 IP Service Platform running Check Point Firewall-1 software today. The independent testing, conducted by the Tolly Group, validates that the Bivio 1000-CP accelerates Check Point’s FireWall-1 software to gigabit speeds at all packets sizes. The Tolly Group’s test results confirm the Bivio 1000-CP delivers 2 gigabit per second, full duplex throughput for 1518 bytes packets and 1.6 gigabit per second, full duplex throughput for 64-byte packets with zero packet loss. The Bivio 1000-CP is a multi-gigabit throughput, carrier class, security appliance running VPN-1®/FireWall-1® Next Generation™ (NG) software from Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ: CHKP).

"These results validate the strength of Bivio’s technology and our platform’s ability to accelerate best-of-breed software to gigabit speeds, said Junaid Islam, Bivio’s CEO. "Our Linux-based IP Service Platform, combined with industry-leading networking software is competitive with ASIC-based networking systems. Bivio has the potential to change the way customers design and implement IP services." According to Islam, small and large packet performance at gigabit speeds will enable enterprise and service providers to more cost effectively deploy network applications such as web site transactions, enterprise client server applications, financial transactions and wireless internetworking.

"The Bivio 1000-CP demonstrates that there is a viable alternative to ASIC-based systems to deliver gigabit throughput in a secure firewall environment," said Kevin Tolly, president and CEO of The Tolly Group. "This test proves that Check Point firewall software running on a highly optimized platform can deliver substantial increases in performance."

The Tolly Group’s test conditions for the Bivio 1000-CP included a variety of packet sizes from 64 bytes to 1518 bytes with two to 200,000 simultaneous UDP sessions and 100 active firewall rules. Full duplex throughput performance with zero packet loss was 2 gigabits per second or 100% of line rate at 1518 byte packets. In addition, the Bivio 1000-CP delivered 82% of line-rate throughput, or 1.6 gigabits per second when tested with 64-byte packets.

The Bivio 1000 incorporates a unique combination of technology including gigabit speed, programmable packet processing, scalable computing and an open Linux OS into a small form factor. The system is fast, flexible, cost effective and robust for enterprise and service provider applications. The Bivio 1000 delivers performance competitive with ASIC-based networking systems.

"Our objective is to deliver a best-of-breed IP Service Platform at a price point that is compelling for Enterprises and Service Provider customers alike," said Tom Gleason, Bivio’s vice president of worldwide sales. "Bivio’s partnership with Check Point Software and The Tolly Group’s test results validate our technology and ability to deliver value at new price/performance benchmarks."

Bivio 1000-CP Benefits and Features
The Bivio 1000-CP is initially comprised of the preloaded FireWall-1 NG software and system hardware that includes the multi-gigabit eXpressLANE™ Processor module, the Application Processor module, power supply and modular network interfaces. Multi-gigabit performance is enabled by Check Point’s SecureXL Performance Framework. The system is a low profile device that minimizes initial capital outlay and comes with Check Point software integrated and ready for immediate implementation. The Bivio 1000-CP delivers a unique combination of price and performance with superior performance for all packet sizes.

Patent pending eXpressLANE™ technology accelerates packet processing and ensures that packet handling rules applied on all interfaces are processed and forwarded at multi-gigabit throughput rate regardless of packet size, achieving performance increases many times that of traditional solutions. The Bivio 1000-CP system simultaneously achieves the following performance benchmarks:

  • Check Point FireWall-1 – 2 Gigabit per second throughput
  • Check Point VPN-1 – Scalable to 2 Gbps with Virtual Rack™ technology


About The Tolly Group
The Tolly Group, an independent testing and strategic consulting organization based in Manasquan, N.J., offers a full range of services designed to furnish both the vendor and end-user communities with authoritative and unbiased information. Additionally, The Tolly Group is recognized worldwide for its expertise in assessing leading-edge technologies. For more information on the Tolly Group’s services, visit its Web site at http://www.tolly.com, E-mail inquiries to info@tolly.com, or phone at 1-732-528-3300.

About Bivio Networks
Bivio Networks is a leading supplier of IP service platforms. Bivio has developed breakthrough products that reduce the capital and operational costs of IP infrastructure for enterprises and service providers. The Bivio 1000 IP Service Platform incorporates a unique combination of technology including programmable packet processing, scalable computing, software service solutions, and an open Linux operating system. Headquartered in Pleasanton, California, Bivio Networks has sales offices in the US, Europe and Japan. More information is available at www.bivio.net.

Check Point, the Check Point logo, VPN-1 and FireWall-1 are trademarks, service marks, or registered trademarks of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

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