|The Role of Accton Network Security Appliances in Today's Connected World|
Nowadays, with increasing demands on data centers, enterprises must find ways to improve IT efficiency and optimize resources, as well as provide agility and scalability for new business models that offer revenue growth. In order to attain these business goals, enterprises are evolving their data center architectures and moving to virtualized environments in the cloud. The biggest challenge in this move to new business computing models is 'security'. Enterprises must rethink security that fits and how to develop new tools to ensure the goal of this transformation is protected. Network security appliances are the solution that meets this demand.
Research by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) shows that over 50% of cloud data center challenges are in network security (see Figure 1).
Network security appliances are dedicated devices for enforcing and managing security functions in an enterprise data center network. Including a number of security functions along with hardware acceleration, network security appliances can protect enterprise networks from viruses, spyware, intruders, and unwanted data traffic, as well as enforce security policies, filter span email, create and manage VPN, provide firewall protection, and manage bandwidth with centralized reporting features. Figure 2 shows common enterprise cloud network attacks.
For enterprise data center networks with a complex structure, implementing a reliable, secure, and centrally managed network is critical for maintaining business continuity. Deploying a range of individual end-point security solutions that prevent threats and attacks is a major issue of management and control in a cloud data center infrastructure. The major network security appliance functions are:
Figure 2: Enterprise Cloud Network Attacks
Over the years, Accton has provided the best products and ODM services for network switch, Wi-Fi AP (EAP/OAP), and PON. In line with its mission of Internet solutions provider, Accton is investing in data center network security products in the form of network processors and x86 hardware platforms. The product solutions include hardware platforms, turnkey-kit, and further integration of Accton???powerful feature-rich network switches, Wi-Fi, and PON devices to provide an enterprise and data-center-level total solution.
Figure 3 shows Accton???network security appliance building block. For hardware-platform customers, Accton can provide the system hardware and specific OS, including Kernel, drivers, library, tool-chain, I/O control, and TCP/IP protocol. Accton can also provide a turnkey-kit to customers, which includes firewall, VPN, remote access control, IDS, IPS, content filtering, anti-virus, anti-spam, and integrated UTM package. Customers are able to rapidly customize their own network security appliances, and also their existing enterprise and data center switches, Wi-Fi APs, PON devices. Accton provides complete, diverse, and comprehensive availability of network products.
Figure 3: Building Block of Network Security Appliances
The distinguishing features of Accton???network security appliance platforms are:
2) Rich Network LAN Interface
3) Resilient Network Traffic
Figure 4: Ethernet LAN Bypass Normal and Bypass Mode
4). Security Virtualization
5). Event Log Storage