As a part of an open technology architecture approach, Brocade and McAfee are collaborating on a set of jointly designed, interoperable solutions developed specifically to address the network security needs of enterprise customers. The combined Brocade and McAfee network security solutions will include:
These solutions are being delivered under a new agreement that enables this first phase of a multi-year relationship between the two companies. The next stage will involve extending the network management integration to further utilize metrics and security intelligence information.
The concern over security has increasingly become a critical consideration within the IT infrastructure at all levels in the network. This issue is further compounded by the increasing volume of data traffic being transferred between a growing number of access points, such as personal computers and mobile devices. Many organizations are finding that they must address security risk from multiple fronts to meet the evolving threat landscape, as network vulnerability can inevitably result in lost revenue and lower customer confidence, and negatively impact brand credibility.
In addition, large enterprises must consistently comply with new industry and government regulatory requirements and reconcile them with existing corporate policies, which add yet another layer of complexity to the network security equation. As a result, the gap is narrowing between the networking and security organizations within IT environments, and the collective functions and responsibilities are becoming more important than ever.
According to a recent survey on IT spending intentions conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), information security initiatives ranked in the top four among a list of 25 IT priority areas for 2010. In particular, network security was considered to be a top priority among IT managers for the coming year, as "increased Internet and internal bandwidth demand faster network security systems" that can protect data within all levels of the networking environment.
"The ever-changing threat landscape coupled with convergence in the campus LAN arena calls for the integration of best-in-class networking and security products," said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at ESG. "In today's challenging and competitive business climate, enterprises must constantly keep a watchful eye across the entire network infrastructure to preempt a possible attack and be prepared to act if the unexpected occurs."
"Keeping data secure is a battle that must be waged on multiple fronts, especially at the network level," said Dan Ryan, executive vice president and general manager of the Network Security business unit at McAfee. "Working with Brocade to bring a comprehensive set of network security solutions to market makes perfect sense " the coupling of the strengths of both companies is expected to deliver a set of solutions that customers can depend on to protect their most valuable data assets."
"Brocade's vision is for network services to enable customers to securely connect anytime from anywhere in a globally competitive marketplace. This vision is becoming a reality through partnerships with top companies like McAfee, with which Brocade has a natural synergy that has culminated in the development of highly reliable, best-of-breed network security solution sets," said Marc Randall, senior vice president of Products and Offerings at Brocade. "Recognizing the eventual integration and overlap of security within the network environment, we are taking a proactive approach to offering customers a set of proven solutions that provide greater choice and flexibility in the marketplace."
By integrating a broad range of Brocade IP networking products with industry-leading McAfee products spanning the entire security spectrum " from firewall to intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS) to network access control (NAC) " customers will be able to deploy and maintain an effective end-to-end security solution throughout their entire network. Because the available solution sets have undergone an extensive testing process, customers will benefit from knowing that these solutions are compatible and proven to operate in demanding network environments. The combined Brocade and McAfee solution represents the first of what is expected to be several jointly developed network security solution sets to be unveiled in the coming months and years.
These solutions are available today through select value-added resellers.
To learn more about Brocade and McAfee joint technology solutions, visit www.brocade.com/mcafee
About McAfee, Inc.
McAfee, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee is committed to relentlessly tackling the world's toughest security challenges. The company delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems and networks around the world, allowing users to safely connect to the Internet, browse and shop the Web more securely. Backed by an award-winning research team, McAfee creates innovative products that empower home users, businesses, the public sector and service providers by enabling them to prove compliance with regulations, protect data, prevent disruptions, identify vulnerabilities and continuously monitor and improve their security. http://www.mcafee.com
Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) develops extraordinary networking solutions that enable today's complex, data-intensive businesses to optimize information connectivity and maximize the business value of their data. For more information, visit www.brocade.com.