Extend the Enterprise to the Edge
Analytic capability in isolated, edge, and low bandwidth/computing environments
Intelligent synchronization with bandwidth/access limited communications
Modular and interoperable analytic platforms and software
Distributed cloud computing, storage, applications for remote environments
Compression or improved bandwidth efficient dissemination
Multi-level security solutions
Current mission requirements of hardened network defense
What if you could provide traffic prioritization and automated rerouting of traffic on your network?
In today’s networks, one must continually program, reprogram and manually enable the traffic to flow to areas of low utilization and rerouting capabilities. For more than 30-40 years, we have had this automated in the RF industry – whereby in a highly congested and overused band, you can move traffic to another band, but still transmit data if even at a slower rate. The hardwired networks do not provide this capability today.
Building out an automated Software-Defined Network (SDN) base, will provide an ability to provide traffic prioritization and automated rerouting, of traffic in your network. SDNs are managed the same way that a wired network is managed. The traffic types are the same. The same tools used to measure, search, protect and defend are also used on SDNs and hardware-defined wired networks (HDNs).
We have been using SDNs with mainframes, Unix systems, and every virtual system manufacturer from VMware, Hyper-V to Xen. The difference is, the hypervisor manufacturers were required to remove/break the advantages of SDN to “talk” to the existing wired networks, because wired networks were only designed to allow ingress and egress from a single point/wire on a network. SDNs allow us to manipulate utilization, unlike the manual configuration created before systems became a dynamic and burdened system.
While adding automation to the traffic flows on the network is important, we can integrate micro-segmentation to every device in a network with this same implementation. The installation can be made without impacting or removing any existing equipment. And, the transition could be made production-ready within 60 days of posting.
The IMPRES SDN architecture
We can produce the SDN architecture as described above today, as it has been available in the recent past. It is only recently, with the integrated solution from IMPRES, this capability can be provided as a single solution to almost any existing environment.
SDN, as applied by IMPRES, can be deployed at the edge or in-line. Older devices, such as Windows XP, Mainframes, Serial, RF and Wifi, can be integrated directly into many existing Cloud infrastructures, including AWS, Azure, and more Cloud infrastructures to come. We can further help you integrate our architecture into your own infrastructures.
Managing a network has never been more challenging. The mass onset of more demanding applications, such as voice, video and application mobility, make traffic prioritization a mandate, not simply a check box for current data and voice in today’s architecture.
Traffic rerouting brought on by the massive number of new devices on the network and reach to the Cloud (a mandate in the Federal Government and a reality today) is only complicated by the number of new devices and increasing dependence by outside groups to access and share data real-time.
The groups continually attacking our Federal, Commercial and US infrastructure networks from outside and inside makes it difficult, if not impossible, to keep up with the threats. A security appliance (e.g. Firewall, IDS, …) reduces risks, however does not eliminate them.
They provide perimeter protection, but do not provide protection inside the perimeter. By integrating with compression capable of allowing a 4GB file that transfers over three state lines in today’s “wired” networks at 2.5 hours, we can decrease the transfers down to a little as 18 seconds (on average). This allows using a fractional T1 or Satellite link and experiencing through-put as if you were hard-wired.
How do you prevent attacks?
These methods work well when you can control all equipment and replace all your infrastructure at the same time. But what about those devices, servers, mainframes, service devices in hospitals, gauges and meters in key systems that do not lend themselves to replacement, or in a Cloud – you cannot control everything that is there. How do you prevent attacks, infection, hi-jacking and malware from affecting these targets?
To combat this exposure, management teams need to ensure consistent, organization-wide cloud policies and procedures and give themselves the assurance that they know who is accessing data, on what device, from which location and – significantly – in what context.
As Federal agencies continue to migrate existing enterprise systems to the Cloud, IMPRES stands at the forefront as an innovator and leading integrator in developing unique cyber solutions that address Cloud-specific risks and fail points.
Our engineers are fluent in the integration of SDNs with traditional network environments, offering increased security protection on-premises and within the Cloud, as we further integrate Identity-Defined Networks (IDNs) with these solutions. We assist with the integration of access management tools, apply traffic and data analysis solutions, implement single sign-on (SSO) control, and install disaster recovery technologies to improve the operational security and management of an organization’s Cloud.
A solution for today’s networks with SDN
IMPRES provides solutions that not only allow the traffic prioritization needed for today’s networks with SDN. Automating the rerouting of traffic is an inherit part of the architectures brought by these solutions.
The issue we have seen in every OEM’s offering is that each offering has a very individual way of looking at management and traffic flow. Not only is this unrealistic, but it is what has caused the greatest amount of complexity in technical environments and, as such, provides the greatest number of security problems in these systems.
Whether you are using bare metal servers, storage, networking, or using VMware, KVM, OpenStack, Hyper-V, Azure, or AWS to provide your infrastructure, the ability for you to move freely and manage the environments from on-premises to the cloud is undoable – according to the manufacturers – unless you choose to “standardize” your infrastructure to their hardware or software.
With the IMPRES solution, you can encrypt end-to-end over public or private networks. Device-based white-listing with rapid connect, disconnect and revoke notifying all devices within your network in as little as 1 second. Segment effortlessly via Micro, Macro and Cross-Boundary segmentation. Move any global IP resource without disruption. DNS and RE-IPing are no longer required for failover. So, failovers happen instantaneously and are verifiable.
To simplify the complex, we use IDN: a unified platform for secure networking which allows us to lift the IP addresses off the network, and allows us to integrate with our SDN solutions and offerings from companies, traditionally used by each of the Federal agencies today in an adaptive security framework. This enables organizations to implement access controls that can satisfy the diverging demands of IT and business by combining security-focused software, services and hardware that incorporate embedded security.
The key is the simplicity of the network and the automation of response without the heavy lifting and complexity.
Our management console covers SDN, legacy networks, physical and virtual environments, as well as provisioning to and from the Cloud (leveraging the major cloud providers). This provides entities an ability to cloak and respond to attacks/threats, and includes responding to those threats which are probing for your network devices. We do this through moving your network subnet and physical locations. There are no industry products today that can pull together your environments as efficiently.
30% faster, 30% more transactions, 30% less infrastructure
Modular and interoperable analytic platforms and software can easily be integrated into the Application performance engine, which is designed to keep operations infrastructure in the desired state, Intelligent Workload Management (IWM) is performed. This is an ongoing process that solves the problem of assuring application performance while simultaneously achieving the most efficient use of resources possible.
Consideration for many different resources, numerous control points for each device, and how devices and resources are used in relation to each other. Not easily accomplished, as devices are added to the infrastructure, the factors for each decision increase exponentially. Plus, the environment is constantly changing — to stay in the desired state, you are constantly trying to hit a moving target.
Initial analysis of your infrastructure will be seen with first recommendations for change in no more than four hours. This allows you to model “what if” scenarios for equipment, workload, outages, Cloud, application, tiering. The overall series of benefits provides for a 30% faster response time to application and infrastructure needs in the environment. With 30% more transactions processed and 30% less infrastructure required.
Return on Investment (ROI) of this phase will be shown in less than three months, on average. As this is a dynamic representation of your working infrastructure, not a snapshot of infrastructure and application performance and management, the optimization provides for system performance efficiency and proactively responds to workload placement, increases, decreases and moves resources. Planning “what if” and determining what changes need to be made before physically changing.