Will this hardware work?



  • Hi everyone!

    My company is looking for a new 10GbE firewall. Previously we have used Cisco, which we think is very overpriced.
    We have been looking for some hardware to run pfSense, but we don't really know if it will work with pfSense.

    So does anyone know if this hardware will work with pfSense before we spend $4500 on the server?

    2x Intel Xeon E5-2640 v3 2.6GHz,20M Cache,8.00GT/s QPI,Turbo,HT,8C/16T (90W) Max Mem 1866MHz
    1x 2133MT/s RDIMMs
    2x 16GB RDIMM, 2133MT/s, Dual Rank, x4 Data Width
    1x PERC H330 Integrated RAID Controller
    1x Intel X710 Quad Port 10Gb Direct Aattach, SFP+, Converged Network Adapter
    1x On-Board LOM 1GBE, Quad Port

    The above mentioned hardware is copy-pasted directly from the offer we got from Dell.
    Thanks in advance!

    Regards,
    Jesper



  • Don´t spend $4500 for this!

    pfSense-store XG-1540 pfSense appliance

    • with Chelsio dual 10 GbE NIC (LAN usage) fully offload VLANs ~$3050
    • with Chelsio dual 10 GbE NIC (WAN usage) fully offload NAT ~$3598

    Would be in my eyes a really better deal for your company as you will be going by hardware
    from Dell. This might be more network related and is 100% running pfSense. Only my 2 cents.



  • do note that there is (AFAIK) currently no way to push 10Gbe wirespeed when dealing with default ethernet frames of 64bytes. the devs are working behind the scenes on netmap-fwd

    see:
    https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1866
    https://github.com/Netgate/netmap-fwd



  • @BlueKobold:

    Don´t spend $4500 for this!

    pfSense-store XG-1540 pfSense appliance

    • with Chelsio dual 10 GbE NIC (LAN usage) fully offload VLANs ~$3050
    • with Chelsio dual 10 GbE NIC (WAN usage) fully offload NAT ~$3598

    Would be in my eyes a really better deal for your company as you will be going by hardware
    from Dell. This might be more network related and is 100% running pfSense. Only my 2 cents.

    Thank you for your reply!
    The problem is that my company is located in Denmark, so if i purchase a box from pfSense, which will be shipped from the US i would have to pay import taxes in Denmark, and then the box would cost me $4500 anyways.

    The plan is to run a 4gbit through our new firewall as a start, so the Dell server would be more than powerfull enough.
    And we would be able to equip the Dell server with a Quad Port 10GbE card more if necessary.

    But do you know if the aforementioned hardware would work?
    I will under any circumstances consider to buy the pfSense box, so thank you for that information