Extreme demos its switch-based security offerings

Extreme Networks is showcasing its groundbreaking switch-based security offering at Gitex today.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  September 25, 2005

The solution comprises two parts — the Clear-Flow security rules engine, which is integrated into Extreme’s BlackDiamond 10K switch, and the Sentriant virtual security resource (VSR) appliance. “Security is the number one concern of most customers. Moreover, we see a trend, which is confirmed by most leading analysts, that security is moving from dedicated security companies into the network arena,” says Chris Moore, regional manager, Extreme Networks MENA. “Threats are moving towards the inside of the network because you can’t protect every port with a firewall plus current security devices cannot deal with the huge amount of data on Gigabit and 10Gigabit networks,” he adds. The solution is designed to provide a defence against zero day attacks, which are threats that lack a signature or previous pattern. Extreme claims the solution will contain these attacks before they cripple network performance. The system works by using the Clear-Flow analysis engine to detect potentially damaging traffic. This is then diverted to the Sentriant, which counters the threat. The Extreme Networks team is also presenting joint solutions with Avaya, Sygate and Sun Microsystems at the show this week. In addition, the team is looking to achieve four key goals at the show, which include demonstrating its commitment to Middle East customers, building brand visibility, identifying switching business opportunities and strengthening partnerships with its channel and technology partners.

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