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[Demo] Protecting the Core with High Speed Load Balancing

Posted by Mike Heiberger on 5/25/17 8:00 AM

I recently presented a demonstration for Palo Alto Network's Fuel User Group on the importance of implementing high speed (10G/40G/100G) load balance at the Core of the Network.

Prior to beginning the demo, we surveyed the group and asked, "What speeds are you running at the core of your network today?" The majority of the group is running at 10G, which is what I hear from our customers as well.

So while 40G and 100G are exciting to discuss, we are going to keep this demo for a 10G network circuit. 

Watch and see how simple load balancing can be at the network core.

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Topics: Network Security, In Band Security Appliances, Technology Partners, Palo Alto Networks, Network Packet Brokers

McAfee Resurrection - Can Real Collaboration Exist in the Security Ecosphere?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 4/25/17 8:00 AM

At Intel Security’s Focus 2016 conference, a small group of Security Innovation Alliance partners (SIA) gathered for an invitation-only session to learn about Intel Security changes - where the big 'McAfee is back' announcement was made.

This was an exciting and welcoming announcement for all to hear, because it allows for a pure-play security focus, as well as McAfee to once again be nimble.

However, the message that resonated with me the most was the overall encouragement for SIA partners to collaborate within the security ecosphere - which is the game changer.

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Topics: Network Security, Technology Partners

How to Make 40G Fiber More Accessible—A Primer on Cisco BiDi Technology

Posted by Chris Bihary on 2/9/17 8:00 AM

Just as large enterprises settle into 10G networking, bandwidth intensive applications and big data demands are forcing companies to adopt 40G network speeds. However, the shift from 10G to 40G requires a major investment in a new cabling infrastructure, leaving architects in a difficult position when trying to make upgrades.

To make 40G more accessible, Cisco, a Garland Technology partner, created bidirectional (BiDi) 40G fiber connectivity. But the technology is not without its challenges.

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Topics: Data Center, Network Infrastructure, Technology Partners, Cisco Solutions

Detecting Fake SSL Sessions as Part of C&C Activity

Posted by Jim Curtin on 12/13/16 8:00 AM

One of the best ways to learn how to protect against malware is to learn how to detect malware traffic. Towards this end, we are constantly searching the Internet for as many types of malware pcaps as we can find.

This blog focuses on the use of a fake SSL session where the TCP session starts with an SSL handshake but doesn’t actually do the handshake – it is a fake.

We will also show in this blog how to detect this type of fake SSL using the powerful yet flexible pcap analytics.

Join me in this deep dive...

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Topics: Network Security, Technology Partners

What's the 2020 on Application Performance Management (APM)?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 9/22/16 8:00 AM

Cloud, firewalls, and even SDN are all some of the most well-known technologies currently in use. For the next part of our 2020 series, however, we're going to take a look under the hood at application performance management (APM).

This technology is the underpinning of massive networks that serve big-name applications (Facebook, Twitter, Google, and so on) to millions of people per day, without suffering so much as a hiccup. What does the future hold for APM?

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Topics: Network Management, Network Design, Technology Partners

What’s the 2020 on SDN?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 8/2/16 5:16 PM

To satisfy the ever-more-specific demands of consumers, network professionals must rise to the challenge of building the most flexible, user-friendly systems possible. In order to make this happen, administrators must be ready to make the leap from the physical to the virtual.

Today, the name of the game is software-defined networking (SDN).

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Topics: Network Infrastructure, Network Visibility/Monitoring, Technology Partners, Software Defined Networking (SDN)