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Internet security appliance runs Linux

Dec 18, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Taiwanese network-appliance system integrator AR Infotek has announced a Linux-compatible Internet security appliance platform supporting low- and high-power Intel processors. The 1U rack-mountable Teak 5010 can be configured with four gigabit Ethernet and four 10/100 Ethernet interfaces.

(Click for larger view of the Teak 5010)

The Teak 5010 targets network appliance applications requiring significant processing power, including SSL VPN, firewall, load balancing, and intrusion detection systems. Supported Linux distributions include Red Hat and Fedora, among others, AR Infotek said.

The Teak 5010 can be specified with an Intel Pentium M or Celeron M CPU clocked up to 2GHz. The processor connects to Intel's 915GM northbridge, and thence to up to 1.5GB of DDR2 RAM, via a front-side bus clocked at either 400MHz or 533MHz. The southbridge is Intel's ICH6-M part.

The Teak 5010 appliance can be specified with up to eight LAN ports, including:

  • 4 x gigabit Ethernet interfaces based on Intel 82573L controllers, and connected via the PCI Express bus
  • 4 x 10/100 interfaces based on Intel 82551ER controllers

Both LAN port sets are equipped with one pair of bypass LAN ports, AR said.

Bootable from an internal Compact Flash module, the Teak 5010 offers a 2.5-inch drive bay, with either IDE or SATA support, says AR Infotek. The appliance also incorporates a 2 x 20-character LCM (liquid crystal module) display with four front-facing control buttons.

In addition to Linux, the Teak 5010 supports FreeBSD and Microsoft Windows OSes, AR Infotek said.


AR Infotek did not disclose pricing or availability for the Teak 5010.

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