Netgate has a new appliance designed for 10GbE and 2.5GbE networking. The new Netgate 8200 replaces the Netgate 7100 series in the lineup and utilizes a Denverton Refresh SoC to provide new functionality.
Netgate 8200 New 10GbE and 2.5GbE Firewall Appliance Launched
The Netgate 8200 slots between the Netgate 6100 and the higher-end Xeon D-based offerings. It utilizes the Intel Atom C3758R processor. That is an 8-core Intel part with Intel QuickAssist (QAT) technology. We did not do a QAT piece with the C3000 series, but we recently looked at Ice Lake with QAT Card, Xeon D-2700 series, and even the upcoming 4th Generation Intel Xeon Sapphire Rapids server that you can see in our Hands-on Benchmarking with Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon Accelerators piece and in the video:
Part of the new Netgate 8200 series offering is that it comes with pfSense Plus, which is able to take advantage of the onboard QAT accelerator. The “R” refresh part also added another 200MHz to the clock speed for approximately 9% more performance. One also gets 16GB of non-ECC single-channel memory (soldered) and a 128GB NVMe SSD. This is a nice update in this class of devices.
The unit itself looks very cool with a blue chassis (call us biased.)
The unit has a lot of networking. There are two 10GbE (SFP+) ports, two combo SFP/ RJ45 ports for either copper or fiber. One of the more interesting features is the block of four Intel i226 NICs for four 2.5GbE. Effectively one gets 2x 10GbE, 2x 1GbE, and 4x 2.5GbE from this configuration.
One difference we see with this unit, versus some we have seen previously, is that this is an actively cooled unit. Looking at the unit from below the blue shelf, we see the fan.
Netgate says this unit is good for 18.6Gbps iperf traffic and 11.76Gbps using the more complex IMIX for L3 forwarding. With 10,000 ACLs in a firewall configuration, those numbers are 18.55Gbps and 5.1Gbps respectively. Using the QAT accelerator offload with IPsec, Netgate says 3.24Gbps and 810Mbps respectively.
Overall, this is a nice unit. Pricing is $1395 with TAC-Lite support and Zero-to-ping support included. One can also get these in high-availability pairs. It is great to see Netgate add 2.5GbE support via Intel i226 on this unit as well as the higher-end CPU.
We have taken a look at many low-cost devices recently, but the Netgate 4100 we reviewed based on a similar platform but with a lower-end CPU and features is certainly in a different class. If you want to check out the video for that one, you can find it here:
Stay tuned for STH, we have some really interesting platforms in the lab and coming soon that we are very excited to show our readers although the Netgate 8200 is not in the current queue. It is a busy time as the DPU space is heating up and we are preparing for the Sapphire Rapids launch.