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High Tower Software Announces Cinxi SOA

Award-Winning Software Developer Reveals Next Generation in High Performance Security Information and Event Management Appliance

Security solutions developer High Tower Software announced a new generation of high performance security appliances designed to help organizations collect disparate network log data, assess it for potential security and compliance regulations impact, and store it securely for audit purposes. Dubbed Cinxi , the product line combines high performance hardware and a new modular software architecture to deliver a solution at the cutting edge of the security information and event management (SIEM) market.

Based on High Tower's previous generation of award-winning security appliances, the SEM 3200 series, the Cinxi series offers a full range of robust threat response, compliance monitoring, and data forensics capabilities organizations need to manage a broad variety of business risks.

Major features of the Cinxi product line-up include:

  • Multiple hardware platforms designed for organizations from small companies to global enterprises.
  • 64 bit software system running on multi-core CPU architectures delivering up to 120,000 events per second (EPS) throughput.
  • Fast setup and configuration. Less than one hour from installation to full operation.
  • Service-oriented software architecture allows each module to run on a single system or in a distributed computing environment.
  • Hardware-based encryption of all data at rest and up to 45 TB of storage.
  • Reporting packs for major compliance standards such as PCI, FISMA, SOX and GLBA.
  • Built-in support for over 1,000 network devices, hardware systems and applications.
  • Automatic updating of new services, device integrations and reporting packages without taking the system offline.

A Major Evolution in SIEM
At the heart of the Cinxi line is a potent combination of high performance hardware and a modern service-oriented software architecture (SOA) written to take advantage of it. SOA-based systems are the backbone of the world's leading software and technology firms because they offer greater speed, flexibility and reliability than older monolithic software platforms.

As an SOA platform, each Cinxi appliance function  runs as an independent "service" utilizing just a portion of the system's multi-core CPUs.

"Each Cinxi appliance is effectively four to eight individual systems running on a single hardware platform," said High Tower's Vice President of Engineering, Dr. Greg Bolcer. "This makes Cinxi considerably faster than a traditional all-in-one SIEM system. It also makes it possible to quickly scale upward by distributing functionality across multiple appliances even if they're scattered around the world."

Additionally, with the service-oriented architecture, Cinxi users can update existing services and add new ones without interrupting the system's operation.

"Essentially, a Cinxi appliance can grow right along with the user's requirements," Bolcer said. "If new security threats arise, compliance mandates change, or new functionality is required, Cinxi can evolve to account for those changes without affecting operations. It's a major advance in the SIEM marketplace."

Multiple Platforms and Enhancement Options
Three Cinxi models are available in three different appliance configurations designed to meet specific performance needs.

  • Cinxi Ranger
  • Cinxi Midway
  • Cinxi Enterprise

For organizations with a need for large volumes of active storage, add-on storage cabinets are also available.

  • Cinxi Vault

Ease of Installation and Use
Despite the slew of new features and performance enhancements, Cinxi maintains the same easy installation and setup that won its SEM 3200 predecessor industry accolades.

"Even though we've made more than 1,000 enhancements to Cinxi, the product is still the easiest and fastest to install and start using in the industry," Bolcer said. "Total time from setup to full functionality is less than an hour -- even in large and highly complex network environments."

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