The Next-Generation Data Center: Implementing Effective Internal Segmentation

By Johna Till Johnson, Nemertes Research

Enterprise architects and security managers have often wanted but shied away from secure segmentation of their internal networks. Wanted, in order to provide a much higher level of security against lateral attacks and deeper visibility into network use; shied away from, for fear that they would be creating chokepoints and hindering business innovation and service agility. New generations of security solutions have been built with internal segmentation in mind. They are built to scale both in terms of throughput and in terms of management, are automation friendly, and can flexibly accommodate changes in how services are provided, and the introduction of new services and user communities. With proper implementation, they turn security into an enabler of business and of innovation by delivering improved protection, control, and compliance, at speed.

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