Redline Kicks Up Web Acceleration


Redline Networks Monday unveiled a new Web acceleration platform designed to speed traffic for high-volume public-facing Web sites.

Redline's TX 2600 and TX 2650 Web I/O Accelerator appliances more than double the system capacity of Redline's TX 2200 series products. The new 2600 series accelerators also offer a Gigabit Ethernet interface and feature redundant power supplies for increased resiliency.

Designed to accelerate static, dynamic, SSL and clear Web content, the TX 2600 and TX 2650 offload I/O and SSL processing tasks from Web servers to increase Web server capacity and site speed, said Craig Stouffer, vice president of marketing at Redline.

Stouffer said Redline's acceleration technology complements, rather than competes with, other technologies on the market designed to speed up traffic, such as caches, server load balancers and packet shapers.

Redline's data filtering and compression technology reduces the size of Web payloads to cut bandwidth costs up to 50 percent, he said. As a result, a Web I/O Accelerator investment typically pays for itself within weeks, Stouffer added.

Wayne Baker, vice president of sales at Gold Coast Networks, a Redline partner based in Camarillo, Calif., said the new TX 2600 and 2650 models should prove popular with his company's entertainment and gaming industry clients with large public Web presences.

The Redline appliances reduce download times for browser -based applications, cut bandwidth requirements and reduce server overhead, Baker said. "It's an easy story to sell to customers," Baker said. "Customers are especially responding to technologies that can help them reduce costs and still improve performance."

Available now, Redline Networks' TX 2600 and 2650 Web I/O Accelerators feature redundant power supplies and a Gigabit Ethernet fiber interface. Both support 500,000 simultaneous user connections, 128 virtual IP addresses and up to 64 servers per cluster. The TX 2600 supports 400 SSL transactions per second and is priced at $39,995.The TX 2650, which includes hardware-assisted SSL acceleration, supports up to 1600 SSL transactions per second and is priced at $49,995.

Redline, based here, also makes an acceleration platform targeted at the corporate intranet market, Stouffer said.

Redlne, which launched its first product some 18 months ago, is transitioning to a channel model now, Stouffer said. The company spent its first year landing "marquee customers," said Roy Johnson, Redliine president and CEO. "This year we are focusing on bringing on more partners."

The company plans to continue driving demand with a direct-sales force working in concert with solution providers partners, which would provide fulfillment and implementation, he said.