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Network security is virtually here

June 20th, 2006

Network security will be one of the next areas for virtualisation, reckons Scott Lucas, the director of product marketing at Extreme Networks. The aim, he says, is to move away from applying security at specific places in the network, and instead make it available throughout.

However, that relies on the network infrastructure becoming intelligent enough to call upon its security resources – and that´s a bet that Extreme has placed in developing switches capable of running applications and exchanging data via XML.

“The question is whether it´s better to integrate security with the network or overlay it on a commodity infrastructure,” says Lucas. “Our position is that the network is the the most pervasive part of your infrastructure, so you can deploy security everywhere instead of having to decide where to deploy the overlay.”Read Full Story

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