Network Computing

 

The trend of cloud computing presents an opportunity to replace physical CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) with virtualized, software-defined CPE in order to establish flexible branch-to-cloud connections. Over the past few years in the industry, many enterprises have implemented virtual branch network by focusing on virtualized network services. In other words, virtual machines are replacing physical equipment to assure branch network connectivity while saving hardware costs. Therefore, enterprises today are seeking a reliable yet compact gateway solution that help them optimize and monitor their cloud connectivity between enterprise centers and branches.

IT managers in charge of administering network services for most of today’s multi-location businesses are expected to fulfill rules and levels of authentication based on the types of network services demanded by the local offices or transnational branches. These conventional network infrastructures, more often than not, are intended for delivering services that require almost no flexibility or scalability, which in turn making deploying new services over such wide area and long distance networks a costly and time-consuming task.

Internet usage continues to rapidly expand and evolve, and with it network infrastructure is changing and evolving. The use of general-purpose processors to provide network functionality has changed the face of the networking market and dramatically reduced costs for enterprises and telecom service providers. For the most part, these general-purpose servers have kept pace with Internet application usage. Network traffic, however, has increased dramatically with new applications that have extensive data plane requirements. Traffic has multiplied to a point where specialized technology is needed to keep up.

The highly competitive business environment requires high degree of flexibility and customizations to meet diversified application demands. In today’s competitive, fragmented and diversified market, commercially off-the-shelf solutions can no longer satisfy application-oriented industries. Customization is crucial to the success of manufacturing businesses. As a global leading supplier in network appliances, Lanner has been dedicated in customizing hardware platforms for clients with high degrees of flexibility and scalability.

Lanner’s FW-8896, the FW-8894 and the NCA-5510 are positioned as high-performance solutions for building multi-tier or multi-service network environments in which resource utilization can be optimized for achieving maximal user base and high network throughput at each tier of one or more network functions, while also minimizing the likelihood of system bottlenecks and slowdowns.

The rapid increase of connected devices leads to the growing complexity of network infrastructure at the edge, which demands a more flexible network appliance that not only protects the network edge by offering security measures such as VPN, intrusion protection, content filtering and data encryption, but also offers a quick, easy-to-implement solution with efficiency in size, performance and power consumption.

Due to the rise of cloud computing and IoT (Internet of Things), enterprises all over the world have become highly concerned towards cyber security threats such as breaches. In fact, major corporations have invested billions of dollars into massive network segmentation process. Their IT teams have to operate among various networking appliances, familiarize themselves with different software interfaces and learn to handle complicated settings of each network segments. However, only large corporations can afford such infrastructure investments. For small and medium enterprises (SMEs), they need an economical solution for converged networking applications in data processing, cyber security and wireless management.

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