Cisco launches ME security solutions
Dubai, September 17, 2012
Cisco has launched a set of security solutions to protect data centers in the Middle East against threats in moving towards consolidated and virtualised environments, while enabling businesses to take advantage of new cloud-based models.
Seventy per cent of the world’s internet traffic and 35 per cent of the world’s email traffic flows through Cisco networks, a statement from the company said. This enables it to gain intelligence from throughout the network to make more informed security decisions placing them in the best position to see and protect against threats before they affect customers’ networks.
Collectively, the new offerings extend data center and security professionals’ power to enforce end-to-end security for high-capacity data centers and mobile workforces, the statement said.
The offerings include new highly scalable software for the world’s most widely deployed firewall, the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) line; virtualised ASA for multi-tenant environments; data center-grade intrusion prevention system (IPS); as well as new improvements to the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client to meet the stringent requirements of a more mobile and productive workforce.
The virtualisation and cloud mega trend is forcing profound shifts within data centers, affecting everything from IT services to business models to architectures.
Business leaders are embracing these trends, and using them to really grow their data center operations to the next level. If addressed properly, these trends offer business benefits such as reduced capital investments, new revenue growth and the greater efficiency, agility and scalability demanded by globalisation, it said.
With these solutions, Cisco is helping security to keep pace with the demands of changing high-performance virtual and cloud environments, as well as the demands of increased complexity, compliance and employees bringing their own devices to work, among other trends.
Mark Hosking, data center and virtualisation lead for the Middle East, said: “For enterprises to confidently seize the business benefits offered by data center virtualisation and the cloud, security must be seen as the art of the possible, not as a hindrance.”
“As with the rest of the network, we make consistent security a deployment decision that enables policies to work throughout hybrid environments - physical, virtual and cloud - and enable data center professionals to securely deliver IT-as-a-Service without impeding network performance,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service