Simplify the network architecture while adding additional security capaiblities without bringing down the performance of the network
Network Architects are responsible for designing the proper network for their organization; and as companies continue to grow, so do their needs for faster, more reliable networks. As a result, a Network Architect is faced with the task of building a high-performance, secure network that scales. This can be a challenging endeavor, because while adding new security boxes increases the security of the network, it simultaneously increases complexity and decreases performance. So, how does a Network Architect balance security and throughput to build a network that delivers performance and scale?
Network Architects are often faced with no choice but to add new and bigger security boxes to better protect their network. While this is a valid option, this approach not only decreases operational efficiency by complicating the network, but will also increase costs. Here are the main challenges a Network Architect must address:
Ensure network performance
As businesses grow so do their needs for a high-performing and reliable network.
Keep network architecture simple
Because security boxes are stateful, the network must be carefully architected to deliver traffic to them.
Decrease operational costs
Need to balance the need to add more security boxes without increase to operational costs over the long-term.
How to Solve Them
The answer is to deploy a solution that offers unbelievable simplicity to increase operational efficiency and decrease costs. Adding a security service load balancer can remove operations complexity by acting as a control point and directing the traffic as it enters the network or even blocking some before it enters the service chain. It’s also important to have the following capabilities:
Handle bi-directional traffic
Security appliances need to see bi-directional traffic for stateful inspection and to take the right action.
Easy configuration and management
The initial setup should not be difficult and it must be adaptable to a variety of architectures and work with multiple vendors.
No impact to network topology
Transparent, layer 2 appliances ensure the design of the network remains unaffected and can be easily adapted.
Unlike traditional security appliances and load balancers, Corsa solutions are purpose-built for cloud and virtual deployments using 10Gbps to 100Gbps connections. By service chaining network security functions in real-time, you get unwavering performance to scale your network securely. With easy configuration and management of the appliance, Network Architects can focus on increasing operational efficiency and decreasing complexity, while still handling network growth and new security threats.