Data networking and storage equipment must deliver ever-higher throughput to meet the ever-increasing demand for data intensive, media rich applications. This white paper discusses the pros and cons of traditional CPU- and ASIC- based approaches to increasing throughput. It then describes CebaTech’s FPGA-based hardware acceleration solution, which suffers none of the cost and power disadvantages of the traditional approaches. The CebaFlex solution boosts performance by offloading software protocols from the CPU, and can be designed-in up-front or deployed as a post-ship, in-system enhancement.