Dell rolls out new NFV platform, SuperMassive firewall
By Digital News Asia November 6, 2014
- NFV platform and starter kits to accelerate carrier trials and adoption
- SuperMassive 9800 the highest-performance deep-packet inspection firewall
DELL Inc has announced the release of the Dell SuperMassive 9800 Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), and also introduced its NFV (Network Functions Virtualisation) solution offerings and companion starter kits.
The NFV platform comprises Dell systems and software combined with software from open ecosystem partners and open source distributions to help jumpstart carrier trials and adoption, the company said in a statement.
Dell claimed its NFV solutions can help telecommunications service providers improve the cost structures of their existing service delivery, and simply and quickly enable new service innovation and creation.
This is achieved by virtualising the telecommunications and mobile service infrastructure using industry-standard compute and open networking platforms, combined with commercially available software packages at the infrastructure, management, orchestration and service layers.
“NFV marks a momentous technology shift – and opportunity – for telecommunications providers. In the past, they had to rely on both highly-proprietary and complex arrangements of dedicated appliances for service delivery,” said Sumir Bhatia (pic), general manager of Enterprise Solutions, South Asia, Dell.
“Now, in an increasingly disaggregated world, the technology options can be overwhelming. Dell wants to simplify this and cut through the clutter.
“Our goal is to deliver the most open, flexible and practical NFV platform by combining our technology with a strong partner ecosystem to help service providers streamline service creation and delivery,” he added.
The Dell NFV platform uses the latest server, storage, networking and software technologies from Dell, combined with software from open ecosystem partners to form fully-converged, virtualised infrastructure that can execute virtual network functions (VNFs).
The platform also includes foundational software and open interfaces for Management and Orchestration (MANO) for simple operation and ease of integration.
From a deployment perspective, the Dell NFV platform can be dimensioned and equipped for application virtually anywhere, at any scale, in a carrier environment, the company said.
While production-level Dell NFV platform deployments will ultimately take many forms, Dell is also making available starter kit solutions for early adopter proof-of-concepts (PoCs) and trials.
The starter kits are smaller footprint Dell NFV platform implementations designed to jumpstart development and PoC efforts.
The Dell NFV platform and associated starter kits will be globally available via Dell.com or through local partners in the fourth quarter of this year.
SuperMassive next-gen firewall
Dell also announced the release of the Dell SuperMassive 9800 Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) and complementary management and reporting Global Management System (GMS) 8.0.
The most powerful model in Dell’s SuperMassive 9000 Series, the SuperMassive 9800 provides the highest-performance deep-packet inspection firewall available, allowing customers to benefit from reduced capital expenditure and reduced rack, power and cooling costs in the future, the company claimed.
The new GMS solution offers enhanced value to both customers and partners, by making NGFW management simple and efficient, helping to ease resource consumption, reduce overall risk and adhere to compliance requirements with a new workflow automation feature, Dell said.
The largest enterprises are no longer the biggest targets for malicious activity, which has forced organisations of all sizes – including government and educational institutions – to prioritise building a continual defence of their networks from a growing list of threats from new technology, new devices and new ways users work.
Mid-sized organisations are finding themselves next up on hackers’ hit lists. Too often, their security strategies have employed outdated firewalls, web-filtering proxies, and intrusion prevention systems that lack the necessary context-aware, connected intelligence required to blunt today’s more advanced attacks.
Staying ahead of the changing threat landscape requires data centres that are agile, scalable, manageable, cost-effective, and, most importantly, secure, Dell said.
To meet today’s massive data and capacity demands, the network security layer must be highly extensible to support the largest of data centre bandwidth consumptions, with zero downtime.
As the most powerful model in Dell’s SuperMassive 9000 Series, the SuperMassive 9800 delivers to both mid-size and enterprise organisations the same protection and performance as Dell’s flagship SuperMassive 10000 Series firewalls, the company said.
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