Monthly Archives: October 2014

Delivering Centralized Data with Local Performance to Remote Offices

One of the challenges large companies are facing is how to build and support IT infrastructure (network, server, and storage) for remote offices. Remote offices usually do not have full time IT employees because it is usually cost prohibitive to employ full time IT personnel to support a small IT infrastructure. In addition, large companies are very protective of their data and want their data to be centralized at their data centers sitting on a reliable and well protected infrastructure.

However, centralizing the infrastructure and data location may lead to poor performance for the local site, especially if the WAN bandwidth and latency is not that great.

Enter Riverbed Steelfusion. Riverbed SteelFusion is a branch converged infrastructure solution that centralizes data in the datacenter and delivers local performance and nearly instant recovery at the branch. It does this by consolidating branch servers, storage, networking and virtualization infrastructure into a single solution.

With Steelfusion, a virtual machine which will act as a branch file or application server is provisioned at the data center where a Steelfusion Core is located, and is projected to the branch via the Steelfusion Edge located at the branch office.

Steelfusion has the following advantages:

1. No more costly installation and maintenance of servers and storage at the branch office.
2. LAN performance in the branch, which will make end users happy.
3. Centralized management of storage, servers, and data at the data center.
4. No more costly branch backup (such as backup hardware and software, tape media, backup management, off-site handling, etc)
5. Improved recovery of servers and applications.
6. Quick provisioning of servers.
7. Data is secure in the data center, in case branch office has a disaster or theft.

Delivering data and applications located at the data centers to branch/remote offices while maintaining local area performance can be accomplished by using Riverbed Steelfusion.

The Importance of Threat Intelligence to Your Company’s Information Security

One of the tools that helps identify and combat information security threats to your company is “threat intelligence.” Some companies are building their own threat intelligence plans, and some are buying services from providers offering threat intelligence services. Threat intelligence is information that has been analyzed to discover informative insights – high quality information that will help your company make decisions. It is like an early warning system that will help your company prioritize vulnerabilities, predict threats, and prevent the next attack to your systems.

Threat information can come from different sources:

1. Internal sources such as information coming from internal employees, organizational behaviors and activities
2. External sources such as government agencies, websites, blogs, tweets, and news feeds
3. Logs from network equipment, both from your own network, from Internet Service Providers, and from telecoms
4. Logs from security equipment (firewalls, IPS, etc), servers, and applications
5. Managed security providers that aggregate data and crowd-source information

The challenge of threat intelligence is how to put the pieces together that have been gathered from these different sources. A tool that is able to digest all these data (Hadoop and Mapreduce tools for Big Data comes to mind) is necessary to produce meaningful information. Security data analysts are also key in producing actionable threat intelligence from these wide variety of data.