[Snort-users] Purchasing New Equipment for Snort

Merida, Dylan Dylan.Merida at ...15123...
Mon Apr 18 15:23:32 EDT 2011


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Hey All,

It's come time for EKU to do some equipment upgrades. I have the opportunity to throw some beefy hardware at snort and its database server. Our current set up is running on one single core 3.2 GHz Xeon with 12 GBs of RAM. The MySQL database is hosted on a separate box that's a multicore Xeon; it also serves one other purpose, so the load is quite high (and slow) when performing extensive database queries. I'm currently running one sensor at egress/ingress to the internet. I would like to deploy 4 more sensors throughout our network and run this on one multicore box. We currently average about 1.5 million alerts a day on a gigabit pipe that averages around 300 Mbps. Queries are quite slow when examining a large dataset (like 24 hrs), so I also want queries to be extremely fast in BASE and Snorby.

My question is this: If I could buy two servers with any specs that I wanted, what would allow me to run 5 sensors on one box and a beefy MySQL database on another that can run most queries in under 10 seconds?

So far, we've tried some tests with a large storage box with SSD cache running FreeBSD and ZFS. There appear to be some limitations in the FreeBSD MySQL daemon. I'd also like to know what OSes you might suggest. (We're fans of Red Hat, but are open to anything.) Also, would you run Barnyard on the sensor box or push the alerts to the DB server and then parse them from there?

Let me know what you think.

Thank you,

Dylan Merida
Security Analyst
Information Technology
Eastern Kentucky University

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