CASwell launches CAR-6040 with Intel Xeon SP Gen.5 and enhanced AI support for modern Cybersecurity Solutions

2U rackmount device offers extensive Ethernet connectivity and optional AI, NIC or DPU upgrades by internal PCIe card

2024/7/2 – CASwell, top manufacturer of advanced and high-performing SD-WAN (uCPE/vCPE) and network security systems, has unveiled the CAR-6040 for networking and cybersecurity solutions. This 2U rackmount device features Intel’s 5th Generation of Xeon Scalable Processors (SP) with up to 64 performance cores and can support more than 64 Ethernet ports using CASwell’s proprietary network modules. The combination of Intel’s powerful CPU with CASwell’s flexible and sophisticated network modules results in a high-performance system that is suitable for various applications. Whether used for network management or protection, the CAR-6040 can significantly enhance business operations and security.

The CAR-6040 excels in Unified Threat Management (UTM) and is also highly effective in applications such as Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), catering to organizations that want to customize their security policies and manage their own reporting. The NGFW can be further enhanced with an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) to monitor networks for potential threats and application intelligence for more advanced security algorithms.

The CAR-6040 utilizes the latest Xeon SP generation (Emerald Rapids) for the highest performance of Intel’s server processors so far. Compared to the previous generation (Sapphire Rapids), Xeon Gen.5 has increased the maximum core count from 60 to 64, while almost tripling the internal cache size per core (5MB to 1.875MB). This is especially helpful when used for artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and machine learning, which more and more software will adopt for different kind of purposes. Furthermore, the new Xeon processors support faster DDR5 memory speeds (5600 to 4800 MHz) and for the first time include “Advanced Matrix Extensions” (AMX) to accelerate AI inferencing, which means speeding up predictions or conclusions of an already trained AI model.

The device supports a maximum of eight CASwell NIN network modules, providing up to 64 Ethernet ports with data transfer speeds of up to 100-GbE. Additional network connections can be added through an internal PCI Express 5.0 expansion slot when occupied with a network card (NIC), ideally a Smart NIC with intelligent network management. The expansion slot can also be used for a GPU accelerator or DPU-based accelerator card for AI acceleration (graphics or data processing units).

For internal storage, the CAR-6040 includes two M.2 slots and four SATA 3.0 connectors for hard drives and SSDs. It also features two redundant 800-watt power supply units to ensure continuous operation even if one fails.

Summary and availability

The CASwell CAR-6040 delivers high-end networking and performance while leveraging Intel’s latest high-performance Xeon CPU architecture. This 2U rackmount system is an excellent platform for cybersecurity and networking solutions that use AI. Especially data centers and medium-sized to big enterprises can benefit from using this appliance for their network applications.

The CAR-6040 can be configured according to customer demand or requirement, and samples for customer evaluation are available now. Please contact your local CASwell representative or sales for any question!

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