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Overview:

Your company’s network security should be tailored to meet your specific requirements. That’s why we created the X-Series, a family of open, adaptable network security platforms that provide blazing-fast, reliable processing for best-in-class security applications.

The X-Series delivers virtualized security infrastructure in a box—so you can consolidate equipment and eliminate the sprawl that has covered your data center floor tiles. It frees you to run world-class security applications from McAfee, CheckPoint, Sourcefire, and Imperva in any combination, and allows you to scale up and adapt performance to match your business needs precisely.

By giving your IT organization the freedom to align network security with business priorities, the X-Series delivers tremendous business value in four key areas:

  • Consolidation: Dramatically reduces the footprint of network security appliances and associated networking equipment by up to 100:1.
  • Adaptability: Quickly enable new security services without re-architecting, maximizing the return on your network security investment.
  • Availability: Meets even the most demanding uptime requirements, providing virtually 100% availability for business-critical networks.
  • Operational Efficiency: Keeps network security operational costs low despite steep growth in traffic by facilitating simpler, more secure network architectures.

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The X-Series integrates superior network processing together with exceptional application processing on an open architecture – which means you get to choose best-inclass applications to run on the platform to maximize your security – protecting the assets, brand, and customers – that is what Blue Coat provides.

The secret to the platform is that it's actually a Virtual Infrastructure or"network-in-abox" that provides a responsive system that is change-ready to your application and performance needs. Our Virtual Infrastructure delivers exceptional performance by leveraging every ounce of processing resource and maximizing system life.

The X-Series platforms allow businesses to consolidate network infrastructure (switches, load balancers, patch cabling, and power cords) and appliances supporting security applications. This greatly simplifies deployment, with fewer devices to manage, a smaller footprint and of course a lower cost of ownership.

The X20, X30, and X50 platforms come ready to run one best-in-class security application right out of the box, and can be managed with our Blue Coat Network Management System (XMS). All systems come preconfigured with all the necessary processor modules and Power Supplies and can be easily expanded to increase the performance of that application, or add a second application.

The system is designed using five components:

  1. Carrier grade chassis
  2. Network Processor Module (NPM)
  3. Application Processor Module (APM)
  4. Control Processor Module (CPM)
  5. XOS Operating System

The most powerful innovation is our X-Series Operating System (XOS). At Blue Coat, we believe the secret to a successful platform is its operating system. That's why we have spent the last 10 years perfecting our creation.

We built an operating system that allows multiple best-of-breed applications to live on the same platform working together seamlessly, and with the ability to centralize control and visibility of the entire system. 600 person-years of effort later, XOS is in use by some of the largest banks, service providers, mobile operators, schools, and governments around the world. With XOS, a Virtual Infrastructure is created allowing customers to move, add, and change applications onto the same hardware within minutes and to do so without fear of downtime.

In effect, XOS created a new genre of Network Security Platforms.

  • Utilize best-in-class applications to fit your business and maximize security
  • Consolidate multiple security applications within one flexible platform
  • Lower total cost of ownership with dramatic network consolidation and energy consolidation
  • Extend hardware capital depreciation cycles to 5+ years

X-Series Chassis

Features:

Secure Flow Processing

  • Eliminates the need for routers, switches, taps, and other equipment because their functions are performed by the X-Series Network Processor Module
  • Simplifies changing network security applications without changing the network topology
  • Consolidate security devices and surrounding equipment up to 100:1, reducing the number of devices to manage and making any changes and troubleshooting straightforward.

Virtual Application Processing

  • Makes it possible to seamlessly implement and scale multiple applications in a single chassis
  • Allows security application performance to be scaled from 5 to 140 Gbps—so you can keep pace with the most aggressive traffic growth
  • Makes expansion easy by enabling true linear scalability for multiple applications in a single chassis, eliminating time-consuming and risky forklift upgrades

Network Flow Distribution

  • Ensures efficient use of all processing cores regardless of the source or destination port, yielding consolidation ratios that are impossible with other platforms
  • Decouples physical ports from processing resources, allowing you to design the security architecture around your existing network

Adaptive Healing Technology

  • Lets you prioritize resources in the case that one or more components fails, reducing the amount of spare equipment sitting on the shelf.
  • Gives you the flexibility to customize availability levels from 5-9’s redundancy in a single chassis to virtually zero downtime with multiple chassis
  • Automatically keeps critical environments running at full capacity and provides protection against environmental failure or local disaster

X-Series Blades:

The Blue Coat X-Series is a family of open, adaptable blade platforms that provide security application processing from 5Gbps to 140Gbps. The X-Series frees you to choose and combine best-in-class applications to fit your business needs, and allows you to adapt security performance and scaling to meet your specific requirements. One of the foundational elements of our Business Assurance Platform, the X-Series also enables you to reduce costs through dramatic network consolidation and energy conservation, reducing downtime through a modular architecture and self-healing features. A range of network, application, and control processor modules are available to provide broad functionality.

Network Processor ModulesNetwork Processor Modules

The NPM blade provides the switching fabric, physical interfaces, load balancing, and switching functions for the X-Series platform. That means you can effectively consolidate networking gear – making you more efficient and reducing IT engineer installation and configuration time drastically. But the NPM is so much more than that.

We believe at Blue Coat that as you add more processors, your overall performance should increase linearly. Why pay for processing you can't use? The NPM blade is like a finely tuned Direct Fuel Injection Engine, sending the drops of gasoline to the cylinders in just the right quantity at just the right time, to achieve maximum power and efficiency.

Like gasoline, the data is finely controlled as it enters the Blue Coat platform via the NPM. Using a Blue Coat technology called Switched Data Paths, we send data dynamically to the individual processor cores and can even reallocate flows on the fly to maximize system performance.

The result? A well-tuned engine that can achieve true linear scalability as more processing cores are added to the platform. To use the same analogy, an off-the-shelf appliance would be using a manual engine carburetor that struggles to efficiently get the fuel to the engine as the car accelerates. Off-the-shelf architectures rely on a manual intervention to tie a physical interface to a processor core. The problem – what if the traffic load increases on different interfaces? The architecture cannot adapt fast enough to cope with the changes in traffic flow.

Bottom line – In order to best leverage your assets and maximize system life, it's all about control.

Network Processor Module Specifications
  NPM-8620 NPM-8650 NPM-9610 NPM-9650
X-Series Chassis Compatibility X45-AC3, X60, X80-AC2, X80-AC3, X80-DC2, X80-DC3, X80-S, X80-S-DC X60, X80-AC2, X80-AC3, X80-DC2, X80-DC3, X80-S, X80-S-DC
XOS Compatibility XOS 8.5 or higher XOS 8.5 or higher XOS 9.6 or higher XOS 9.6 or higher
Environment Temperature 0 to 40oC (32 – 104oF)
Humidity: 10% - 90% non-condensing
Altitude 3048m (10,000ft)
Regulatory Compliance RoHS; UL 60950, IEC 60950, FCC 47 CFR Part 15B Class A, EN 55022 : EN 55024, VCCI V-3 : AS/NZS CISPR22; CSA C22.2#60950; Common Criteria EAL+4 certified; FIPS 140-2 Level 2 (In Process)
Network Interfaces 10 x 1G SFP 10 x 1G SFP & 2 x 10G XFP 16 x 1G SFP/10G SFP+ 16 x 1G SFP/10G SFP+
Memory 2GB 2GB 4GB 4GB
Memory Options No Options Available 8GB memory upgrade available 16GB memory upgrade available 16GB memory upgrade available
Network Throughput 5Gbps 10Gbps 10Gbps 40Gbps
Performance Upgrade Options No Options Available No Options Available 10G to 40G license upgrade available No Options Available
Packet Rate (PPS) 7 Million PPS 12 Million PPS 14 Million PPS 40 Million PPS
APM

Application Processor Modules

The APM blade provides the horsepower to run the applications. The more blades the more power. Each APM can run one application in what we call a"Virtual Application Processor" (VAP) and you can decide to combine APMs together into what is called a VAP Group. This means that you can scale the performance of individual applications running inside the X-Series.

Our approach to application processing architecture is to use the very latest embedded Intel Xeon processors allowing us to run any X86 compatible application very quickly and with low power. Why design custom silicon to run one application, when all the others will be compromised? Three versions of the APM are available with 4, 8 and 12 core options, providing up to 120 processor cores per chassis and a total processing capacity per APM of up to 18Gbps.


Application Processor Module Specifications
  APM-8650-4 CORE APM-8650-8 CORE APM-9600 12 CORE
X-Series Chassis Compatibility X45-AC3, X60, X80-AC2, X80-AC3, X80-DC-2, X80-DC3, X80-S-AC, X80-S-DC X60, X80-AC2, X80-AC3, X80 DC-2, X80-DC3, X80-S-AC, X80-S-DC
XOS Compatibility XOS 8.5 or higher XOS 8.5 or higher XOS 9.5 or higher
Environment Temperature 0 to 40oC (32 – 104oF)
Humidity: 10% - 90% non-condensing
Altitude 3048m (10,000ft)
Regulatory Compliance RoHS; UL 60950, IEC 60950, FCC 47 CFR Part 15B Class A, EN 55022 : EN 55024, VCCI V-3 : AS/NZS CISPR22; CSA C22.2#60950; Common Criteria EAL+4 certified; FIPS 140-2 Level 2 (In Process)
Hard Drive System Optional Optional Optional
Memory 4GB 8GB 12GB or 24GB
Options 1 or 2 120GB SATA Hard Drives (S/W RAID 0 or 1),
Memory Upgradable to 16GB (8 core only)
1 or 2 450GB SAS Hard Drives (H/W RAID 1)
Memory Upgradable to 24GB
IP Forwarding Packet Rate (PPS) 1.7 Million PPS 2.2 Million PPS 5.4 Million PPS

Control Processor ModulesControl Processor Modules

The CPM is the brains of the system and the caretaker. It manages the system so you don't have to. The CPM continuously checks and monitors the health of the chassis for you and takes action to self-heal itself by re-provisioning blades. It does this while it stores all the application information together with all the configurations like all the system and network configurations.

Want to upgrade the firmware? We built a tool called Automated Workflow System (AWS) that is controlled by the CPM. Want to easily install a new version of XOS? Simply use the USBi that ships with every CPM. Want to monitor the health of the entire platform? – We created GEM, an intuitive graphical element manager so you can check every aspect of the platform in one screen.

  • Utilize best-in-class applications to fit your business and maximize security
  • Adapt security performance and scaling to fit your business
  • Lower total cost of ownership with dramatic network consolidation and energy consolidation
  • Extend hardware capital depreciation cycles to 5+ years
  • Decrease downtime with self-healing fully modular platform
Control Processor Module Specifications
  CPM-8600 CPM-9600
X-Series Chassis Compatibility X45-AC3, X80-AC2, X80-AC3, X80-DC-2, X80-DC3, X80-S-AC, X80-S-DC X60, X80-AC2, X80-AC3, X80-DC-2, X80-DC3, X80-S-AC, X80-S-DC
XOS Compatibility XOS 7.3 or higher XOS 9.5 or higher
Environment Temperature 0 to 40oC (32 – 104oF)
Humidity: 10% - 90% non-condensing
Altitude 3048m (10,000ft)
Regulatory Compliance RoHS; UL 60950, IEC 60950, FCC 47 CFR Part 15B Class A, EN 55022 : EN 55024, VCCI V-3 : AS/NZS CISPR22; CSA C22.2#60950; Common Criteria EAL+4 certified; FIPS 140-2 Level 2 (In Process)
Network Interfaces 1 RJ-45 10/100/1000Base-TX 2 x 1 Gigabit SFP (SX/LX/Copper) 2 x DB9, 1 x USB 2.0
Processor System Single Xeon Intel Processor Single Quad Core Processor
Hard Drive System 2 x 250GB SATA Drive (RAID 1) 2 x 500GB SATA Drive (RAID 1)
Memory 4GB 16GB

Specifications:

X20, X30, and X50 platforms

Models: X20 X30 X50
System Specifications
Network Interfaces 10 x 1G SFP 10 x 1G SFP & 2 x 10G XFP 16 x 1G SFP/10G SFP+
Management Interfaces Command Line Interface, (SSH, Telnet, Console); Greenlight Element Manager EMS (HTTPS); SNMP v1,2,3 support; Standard Syslog
XOS (X-Series Operating System) Compatibility XOS 9.5 or higher XOS 9.5 or higher XOS 9.6 or higher
Advanced Routing Optional Upgrade Pack: Includes PIM Sparse Mode, OSPFv2, RIP-II, and BPG-4, IPv6 support and IPv6 to IPv4 tunneling support. Licensed per X-Series Chassis.
Module Capacity (1) one additional APM-2030 can be added (1) one additional APM-2030 can be added (1) one additional APM-50 can be added
NPM Blade Compatibility Pre-Configured with (1) one NPM-20 Pre-Configured with (1) one NPM-30 Pre-Configured with (1) one NPM-50
APM Blade Compatibility Pre-Configured with (1) one APM-2030 Pre-Configured with (1) one APM-2030 Pre-Configured with (1) one APM-50
CPM Blade Compatibility Pre-Configured with (1) one CPM-9600 Pre-Configured with (1) one CPM-9600 Pre-Configured with (1) one CPM-9600
Performance Specifications
Application Processing 5Gbps 10Gbps 18Gbps
Maximum Connections 8 Million 8 Million 18 Million
Connection Setup Rate 65,000 CPS 65,000 CPS 150,000 CPS
Chassis Specifications
Type Flexible
Physical Dimensions Dimensions (HxWxD) 13.5x17.5x19in (34.3x44.4x48.2cm) 8 rack units
Front Rack Mountable Standard 19" Racks
Weight 39 lb (17.7kg) - Empty Chassis
Power 100-240 VAC 2,700W Rated Maximum
Ships with 2 Hot-Swappable 1,200W 120-240 VAC PSUs per System
Cooling Side to Side Cooling System with Removable Fan Tray
Environment Temperature 0 to 40oC (32 to 104oF);
Humidity: 10% to 90% non-condensing;
Altitude 3048m (10,000ft)
Status Indicators Power Supply and Module Active/Failed Status LED, Port Link (NPM, CPM)
Chassis Regulatory Compliance RoHS; UL 60950, IEC 60950, FCC 47 CFR Part 15B Class A, EN 55022 : EN 55024, VCCI V-3 : AS/NZS CISPR22; CSA C22.2#60950
Green IT Compliancy WEEE Directive, ISO 14001, RoHS Compliant
Redundancy Power and Application Redundancy & Dual Box High Availability with other X20/X30/X50 Chassis

Documentation:

Download the Blue Coat X20, X30, and X50 Chassis Datasheet (PDF).

Download the Blue Coat X-Series Blades Datasheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

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