Network Computing

 

Generally speaking, the term “x86 servers” refers to computing systems that are based on Intel architecture, which is widely adopted by manufacturers due to its backward compatibility with instruction sets and scalability. This compatibility allows software reuse across generations of products, protecting the software investment, while the scalability satisfies demand for throughput and workloads. Although many servers built on the Intel architecture share the same hardware components and functionality, the varied uses and designs for these servers call for unique features that allow them to fulfill their intended purposes.

Network security measures deployed across most of today’s enterprise network architecture usually involve SSL, data compression, VPNs or a combination of either three. SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, is used for information encryption; data compression, on the other hand, ensures bandwidth efficiency and increases WAN throughput while VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, allow for cost-effective and secure remote access to private networks. Regardless of which security measures are eventually implemented, hardware/software integration must first be optimized and streamlined in order to support security functions’ computationally intensive algorithms.

Wireless Internet has moved from being a luxury to being an expected staple of life in hotels, conference venues, hospitals, university campuses and numerous places besides. With the proliferation of smart phones and tablet PCs the demand for wireless coverage in public spaces has increased dramatically.

One of the largest vendors in the US of WAN optimization and network bandwidth management solutions found this appliance perfect for their requirements. Their WAN optimization appliances provide network management functions covering: network optimization, application visibility, traffic control, and application acceleration. This enables organizations to see, control, accelerate, and optimize traffic on their WANs.

A strategically deployed application delivery controller (ADC) provides not only improved security, visibility and acceleration; it ensures the availability of mission-critical applications. One of the global leaders in ADCs approached Lanner when they were developing their latest product. As a global leader, they were not looking for a standard run-of-the-mill application networking appliance. They were looking for hardware suited for a next generation application delivery controller.

Firewalls started to become a commodity many years ago. One of the US-based companies that saw this trend early is one of Lanner’s customers today. It has taken 8 years, but today they are considered a leading company in universal threat management and next generation firewalls. Together with Lanner they’ve designed three generations of network security product lines and climbed up to their leadership position fueled by their advantages in both cost and technology.

A multi-service gateway (MSG) is a highly integrated device that combines multiple network functions and data communications into one single service, a very budgetary solution targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and retail setting. The functions of a multi-service gateway include routing, VoIP, and security instructions like VPN, firewall and IPS/IDS. More advanced smart gateways may also be programmed with web filtering, email server, high-volume storage and wireless networking hub.

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