Open networking ⋮ complement and commodify
Open networking is a comparatively recent development. The switch market has previously been dominated by vertically integrated vendors, who provide the hardware, an operating system and the application software in a closed solution. Customers are locked-in and innovation was only aimed at growing performance. Security was an afterthought.
Bare-metal switches change all of that. On the one hand, horizontally open, virtualised systems can be built, using open-source software like Open Network Linux, thus avoiding vendor lock-in and reducing cost. On the other hand, the open architecture allows for value-adding solutions like plug-and-protect secure switching.
Circle Networks brings both.
Proven features, combined into a single appliance
Proven means of protection
Secure switches take incoming data directly from the originating hosts, encrypt the messages including the TCP/IP headers using proven algorithms, and forward the secured messages with proxy IP headers that reveal no information on the message or the participating hosts. Intruders in the network cannot manipulate the data and see nothing but the cryptomessages, so they cannot perform any network intelligence from eavesdropping.
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Proven hardware without vertical lock-in
Leading brand vendors in networking offer vertically integrated systems of hardware, operating systems and application software — and leave the burden of integrating security measures with the network operator. Recent developments in open networking made high-performance switching hardware generally available and reduce prices with respect to vertically integrated solutions.
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The virtualisation of open networking has increased flexibility and reduced cost. But so far, vendors have not used the opportunity to add security.
Plug and protect solutions
Security as an integral part of the network, protecting assets from the inside.
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Products to plug and protect
Stackable, 24- or 48-port 1-Gb through 40-Gb ethernet switches and wireless access points.
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