To make a bad pun - it's big. Network security provider, SonicWALL new SuperMassive E10000 Series of firewalls has been designed to deliver reliability, scalability and deep security at multi giga-bit speeds that is required of large networks.
At the product launch at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, SonicWALL APAC VP of sales, Richard Ting, spoke about the business drivers and technology trends that have propelled the development of security technologies such as SuperMassive.
he said some of the key drivers were: reducing operating costs, mobilisation of work forces, businesses expanding globally and outsourcing growth.
The growth of real time applications, virtualisation of services, and SaaS/Web 2.0 were highlighted as some of the leading technology trends influencing the industry.
Ting also spoke about how IT organisations need to focus on six core areas of security to ensure the integrity of their data, including application intelligence and virtualisation, protection and risk management, scalability, compliance and secure access.
IDC Associate VP of Australian Research, Tim Dillon, gave an overview of the Australian IT landscape in his speech.
The cloud, mobile business and desktop virtualisation were identified by IDC as the top technologies being prioritised for deployment by Australian businesses in the next 12 months, followed by application delivery and Web 2.0/social business.
Dillion expects that IT will be fully embedded into business operations by 2020 through the Cloud, and spoke at length of the numerous opportunities, as well as pitfalls, of organisations rapidly adopting tablet technologies such as Apple’s iPad.
SonicWALL chief technology evangelist, Dave Parry, started his speech by explaining where the name SuperMassive came from.
According to Parry, the development team behind the E10000 series was listening to English alternative rock band Muse during the development of the Firewall technology, and named the device after the band’s 2006 song, Supermassive Black Hole.
With the Internet becoming the de facto super highway for global criminal activity, Perry sees the release of SuperMassive as timely and important.
“The days of ‘capture the flag’ type of hacking and cracking are long over,” Parry said.
“The sophistication of threats has become fascinating, often amazing, and extremely frightening.”
As BBW (Backbone, Broadband, Wireless) infrastructure growth continues to skyrocket, Perry said that most existing security mechanism don’t work anymore.
For IT administrators that are worried about the security of their network, Perry recommends SuperMassive as a tool to see what is going on in their network, where their bandwidth is going, where the traffic is coming from, and identifying where the threats are.
SonicWall has also gone to great lengths to ensure that over 3500 unique applications are detected and classified by SuperMassive.
The SuperMassive platform is in the same space as competing products such as Cisco 5585-X, Juniper SRX 3600/5600/5800, and Palo Alto PA-4000/5000, and Perry expects it to appeal to large educational institutions and enterprises in Australia.
SonicWALL recently appointed Sandeep Joshi as its country manager for A/NZ.