Metamako enters security market, launching low-latency firewall solution

Metamako has now entered the security space with the announcement of its MetaProtect™ Firewall solution.

The powerful 48-port (x10GbE) network appliance is designed to deliver new levels of ultra-fast firewall protection through packet filtering and logging. It is ideal for situations where a firewall solution is mandatory but ultra-low latency as well as high port density are required.

Metamako’s approach to innovation has established the company as unique in bringing fast, intelligent switching technology to market; the launch of MetaProtect™ Firewall is set to make similar changes offering security for exchanges, banks and other trading institutions as well as outside of the financial services sector.

Dr Dave Snowdon, founder and CTO of Metamako, said: “We have put significant development into our new firewall technology, using our extensive efforts in low-latency switching to improve the performance of these firewall products. As with all things Metamako, it is engineered to do the job required better and faster than anything else out there. Surprisingly, packet filtering technology has suffered from an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ attitude, which has prevented progress: it is now time for change. Clients have seen the benefits of using our low-latency devices and have asked if we can improve their firewall architecture. We were able to draw on our flexible FPGA platforms and app infrastructure to very quickly build the right product for those customers, and the result is MetaProtect – a low latency firewall.”

He adds: “Some exchanges in Asia, for example the Korean Stock Exchange (KRX), stipulate that a broker must ‘own and manage’ a firewall between a client’s trading servers and the exchange. The latency penalty that this introduces was a major concern for trading participants. Now that there’s an ultra-low latency, high-density firewall solution available, the exchange-facing architecture is far better.”