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Force 10 VP says high performance security essential to promote adoption of grid networks

The deployment of next generation high performance security is critical to realizing the full potential of grid net...


September 27, 2006  


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The deployment of next generation high performance security is critical to realizing the full potential of grid networks to enhance collaborative research, modeling and complex analysis, says Steve Garrison, Force10 Networks’ vice president of corporate marketing.

Speaking at the Cluster 2006 conference in Barcelona, Spain, Garrison said that as with other high speed networks, grid security must not come at the cost of compromised performance.

“Grid networks have fundamentally altered the approach to solving complex problems, enabling organizations to rapidly process terabytes of data and model everything from weather phenomena to airplane design,” he said.

“Like any network, however, grids are vulnerable to security breaches and must be secured at the speed with which they operate to realize their full computing benefits.”

Grid networks are comprised of many computing clusters located in geographically disparate locations that are typically connected via 10 Gigabit Ethernet WAN links.

“Security has tended to lag behind networking technologies, creating a gap between the speed of the network and the speed at which the network can be secured,” said Garrison.

“To protect the high performance grid and ensure future adoption of the technology, IT managers require security that inspects and blocks malicious traffic at line-rate 10 Gigabits per second while protecting sensitive data, findings and analysis.”