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Today's data centres all connect to the Internet, many at 40G, 100G, and beyond, and nearly exclusively host web sites or web applications. The near-complete webification of the data centre is causing a shift in security requirements.
Traditional firewalls are designed to provide security across a wide range of protocols, but aren’t designed specifically to handle the massive volume, variety, and size of threats aimed at this narrow range of protocols. Though all reputable firewalls can adequately secure the enterprise perimeter, they don’t necessarily scale up to meet large data centre performance requirements, and if they do it may be at an eye-watering price.
This session discusses why a new data centre firewall architecture is emerging, based on full-proxy, high connection-capacity Application Delivery Controllers at the edge of the network, ensuring standards-based compliance while significantly lowering CapEx by eliminating firewall devices and upgrades and maximising other data centre resources.