Colorado Springs, Colo. Tarari Inc. has introduced the fourth generation of its Regular Expression (RegEx) content processors for application-layer acceleration. Tarari now offers three families of hardware ASIC processors at 1, 2 and 4 Gbits/second, as well as software-only accelerators at 50 and 200 Mbits/s.
While previous generations have focused on general-purpose XML and Simple Object Access Protocol processing, the new series represents a move by Tarari for additional security functions outside cryptography. In particular, the drive by OEMs to create unified threat-management systems combining intrusion prevention and detection, anti-spam and anti-virus functions, has led to a broader use of adjunct software in content acceleration.
Doug Makashima, vice president of marketing at embedded-security vendor Intoto Inc., said the RegEx4 was the first generation of Tarari processor to be linked to the Intoto IntruPro intrusion-prevention software. Makashima called the alliance between Tarari and Intoto "a natural outgrowth of the use of pattern-matching tools in IPS [intrusion prevention] and deep content inspection." Tarari and Intoto began informally collaborating with Intel Corp. in a series of seminars this summer, but the Tarari-Intoto alliance for RegEx4 represents the first formal relationship.
Tarari also is working with Mail-filters.com on an anti-spam software solution to link with the RegEx4 processors.