Consolidating Network Security
Choosing multi-vendors when consolidating security infrastructure may be tricky.
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.'"