Optimize your network with due-diligent security controls [McAfee]

Most companies already have some form of protection against cyber-threats and malware, such as anti-virus software. But the threat landscape changes at warp speed, and it’s hard to keep up with the latest threats, and even harder to manage a diverse set of security tools.

One solution you might want to consider in your security toolkit is a Network Intrusion Prevention System, or IPS, which is an out-of-the-box hardware- and software-based system that helps take the guesswork out of security.

Not only does an IPS solution protect against the latest threats — including malware, botnets and denial-of-service attacks — it also streamlines security operations and can even unify network security management across physical and virtual environments.

If the current solution you have in place is causing more management headaches than peace of mind, you might want to consider IPS. Here’s why: An IPS solution inspects network traffic in near real time, identifying attacks using known vulnerabilities, as well as attack patterns with unusual activity. Not only can an IPS solution help prevent attacks on your data, it can also provide proactive protection for unpatched systems and zero-day attacks. [Read more…]

You can virtualize networks now? [HP]

When we look at where the networking industry currently is, one could easily use words like angst and uncertain to describe where traditional networking architectures have been left after server virtualization.

Where in the past there were 100 physical servers for 100 applications, in today’s data center the same 100 applications may reside on 6-10 physical servers, and in many cases these servers are in a blade form factor in which many can share the same chassis.

What we are seeing is that the natural flow of data and packets has gone from a north-south relationship to one that is of an east-west nature (if not encumbered by traditional network architectures). This has put massive strain on existing networks and forced clients and vendors alike to try and come up with creative ways to solve this growing problem before it threatens the service levels and availabilities that networks need to provide.

A new technology called IRF, or the Intelligent Resilient Framework is rising to solve this challenge. IRF allows users to group switches together to be managed as one large, virtualized single switch. It also eliminated [Read more…]