Foundry Networks and Arbor Networks Secure High-Speed Network Infrastructures

By | March 6, 2006

Foundry Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY), a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching, routing, and Web traffic management solutions, and Arbor Networks, a leader in network security, today announced a partnership through Foundry´s Security Alliance Program to collaborate on security solutions using Arbor Peakflow(R) for sFlow. The solution combines Arbor Peakflow, a next-generation, network-based managed security technology, with Foundry´s sFlow, an industry standard technology for monitoring high-speed switched networks, embedded into its networking products, to deliver a network-wide solution for security and operational performance.

“Arbor is an important partner in Foundry´s security umbrella,” said Gary Hemminger, director of product marketing, Foundry Networks. “Our customers express significant interest in anomaly-based solutions that can scale across a wide range of network sizes while providing powerful tools for detecting and responding to network threats and abuse. The key to the solution´s scalability is Arbor Networks´ use of the embedded sFlow capabilities to see detailed packet information across the entire network. Because sFlow is available in all of Foundry´s networking equipment, our joint solutions are ideal for both enterprises and service provider environments.”

Today´s businesses require network visibility across their entire network in order to detect and prevent accidental and malicious behavior by internal users. Arbor Networks and Foundry Networks collaborated on Arbor Peakflow for sFlow to leverage Foundry´s high performance Ethernet switches by analyzing sFlow data delivered directly from Foundry´s switches and routers. Foundry´s switches and routers support sFlow as a standard feature; customers can now simply activate sFlow and direct it to the Arbor Peakflow appliance, which baselines network traffic to detect and prevent network anomalies. This approach provides a scalable and cost-effective answer for IT security managers to retain total network visibility while also complementing security solutions, such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and other signature-based security appliances.

“As more companies experience an increasing number of security breaches on a daily basis, the need for strong security controls to protect internal networks is critical,” said Jack Boyle, CEO, Arbor Networks. “We are very pleased to be partnering with Foundry which will give more organizations the ability to monitor, detect and respond to suspicious and malicious traffic throughout the internal enterprise network. Arbor Peakflow for sFlow enables organizations to significantly reduce the time and costs associated with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and worm outbreaks while providing the operational reports for traffic utilization and routing events.”

According to Paul E. Proctor, Research VP at Gartner, Inc., “Organizations are increasingly finding value in analyzing flow data to identify behaviors on their networks that are hard to detect using other methods. The visibility provided by network behavior analysis through the analysis of natively available sFlow can be a valuable security strategy enhancement.”

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