Array Networks Secure Access Gateways Hit BYOD Sweet Spot
There’s no denying it: the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon is here, and it’s not going away anytime soon. But a line of new secure access gateways from Array Networks is helping remove some of the security and infrastructure issues associated with BYOD, good news for VARs silently cursing Apple iOS and Google Android. Read on for the details.
Array’s next-generation AG1000 Series secure access gateways, consisting of four appliances that leverage Array’s 64-bit SpeedCore architecture, support up to 256 virtual portals on a single appliance. AG Series virtualization allows businesses to create separate and secure user communities, each with their own access policies, access methods and resources for various business units, partners, contractors, guests, administrators and tenants.
The AG Series also features a per-user policy engine capable of creating a custom secure access experience for individual users. For example, administrators and developers may be allowed increased bandwidth, while C-level executives may be allowed more registered devices and greater flexibility in accessing sensitive data. The appliances support up to 128,000 concurrent users, 3.2Gbps SSL throughput and high-performance 2048-bit encryption.
What’s more, the technology allows employees to access their office desktops (either physical or virtual) from any iOS or Android smart phone or tablet, which means workers get access to the information they need, while that data stays secure in the company’s servers. Using the AG Series as a secure access gateway to the cloud, employees login using single sign-on (SSO) and see cloud services as web links that are indistinguishable from web applications provided from the enterprise data center.
Array is but one company taming the BYOD wild. Other interesting BYOD moves include Aruba Networks’ ClearPass wireless technology and HP’s partnership with Bradford Networks to offer a BYOD mobile security suite.