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The Sentarus IDS line uses the open source IDS program Snort running on top of a Sun Microsystems Netra V100 platform to perform its intrusion detection, said Stuart Staniford, president and founder of Silicon Defense.
The Sentarus appliances are 4.45cm tall, rack-mountable devices that pack a 500MHz 64-bit UltraSPARC processor, 512M-bytes of RAM and a 40G-byte hard disk for $4,000 (£2,800) each, said Bob Heckler, vice president of business development at Silicon Defense.
The management console, SNX-MN8, will be sold with a Sentarus appliance, and will allow one console to manage up to eight sensors, Heckler said. Within that set of eight sensors, the devices can be grouped into smaller sets that can be managed using different policies, he said. The console is Web-based and allows updates to be pushed to all sensors managed by the console, he added.
Using the console, sensors can even be grouped inside and outside the firewall. This will allow the sensors inside the firewall to measure what attacks get through perimeter defences.
The console also offers some attack correlation and reporting features which will be expanded on in future releases of the console. The management console is sold with a Sentarus appliance for a combined total of $6,000.
Silicon Defense is not the only company looking to put a user-friendly front-end on Snort. Sourcefire, another company that sells Snort-based IDS sensors, announced its own $20,000 (£14,000) management console in late February.