Cisco Makes Data Center Security Software Blitz
First, let's take a look at the new Cisco solutions -- which include:
Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) has introduced new security hardware and software to defend physical and virtualized data centers, and mobile systems. The solutions include Adaptive Security Appliance (APA) upgrades; an intrusion prevention system (IPS) and mobile security enhancements. What’s in it for channel partners?
First, let’s take a look at the new Cisco solutions — which include:
- Cisco ASA 9.0 Platform: The new operating system supports 320 Gbps of firewall and 60 Gbps IPS throughput, and 1 million connections per second and 50 million concurrent connections, Cisco claimed. It also offers “pay as you grow” scale as application and VM traffic increases, Cisco indicated. For cloud services providers, it also offers multitenant security.
- Cisco ASA 1000V: This firewall is built specifically for multitenant virtual and cloud environments.
- Cisco IPS 4500 Series: An intrusion prevention system (IPS) built for data centers; it offers 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) per rack unit, for application protection in the data center, Cisco indicated.
- Cisco Security Manager 4.3: An upgraded centralized management system.
- Cisco AnyConnect 3.1: For remote access including BYOD deployments and IPv6 capabilities. Enables highly secure remote access to network resources:
Cisco has stabilized its business over the past year and security remains critical to the company’s growth. In fact, security revenues grew 8% (15% in network security; and a 10% decline in content security) during Q4 2012, CEO John Chambers indicated during a July 2012 earnings call.
“I believe we have the right leaders and the right strategy to lead in security market and expect to continue to invest and execute here,” Chambers said at the time.
The big question: Is security part of Cisco’s VIP (Value Incentive Program) for channel partners right now? The VAR Guy doesn’t have an exact answer. But here are some clues.