Consolidating Network Security

Choosing multi-vendors when consolidating security infrastructure may be tricky.

By Enterprise Networking Planet Staff | Posted Oct 28, 2010
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In an effort to reduce data center management overhead and power consumption, enterprises are looking to consolidate network security infrastructure. Accordingly, vendors are adjusting their offerings with a range of choices from integrated security on network infrastructure components to multi-vendor software on an open chassis. According to this Tech target report, this multi-vendor approach is tricky, however, since many network security infrastructure vendors offer their products as closed platform hardware appliances.

"The multi-vendor approach made possible with third-party hardware like Crossbeam's has suited Isenberg at Fiserv. 'Crossbeam allows us to select best-of-breed security products and run them on the same box. If we need an intrusion prevention blade, we can load up an [IBM Security Network IPS]. We can load up Sourcefire and put that on a blade next to it. We can put a web application firewall and a database firewall from Imperva on another blade.'"

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