Cisco to Upgrade Their Security and Cloud Services

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Cisco new technology called cloud edge will help customers solve their security and complexity problems with large data / Photo by Paryitno via Wikimedia Commons


Cisco has been stepping up their game with regard to their services recently, with their announcement of combining their software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) with new security features while increasing their support for cloud services. This spells big news for people who have cloud services or large data centers that can take advantage of this technology.

This new technology, called the cloud edge, is a result of the traffic patterns of an SD-WAN, which solves most of the issues that typical SD-WAN customers deal with as they have to choose between adding more security to their SD-WAN at the expense of application performance or vice-versa. Ramesh Prabagaran, the senior director of product management at Cisco, stated, “We are looking to help customers solve the security and complexity problems at the cloud edge where networking, security and multicloud environments meet.” The company is essentially adding support to its Umbrella security system for their platforms and their SD-WAN software. They describe their Umbrella as a cloud-delivered secure Internet gateway, that can stop most threats in the current time as well as emerging ones over all the ports and protocols. It also has the capacity to block access to malicious domains, URLs, IPs and other files before a connection is ever established. This means that it can offer all cloud service a means to prevent customers from connecting to dangerous IPs all over the Internet, as well as prevent them from indirectly downloading botnets or malicious downloads. Prabagaran states, “Umbrella blocks access to malicious destinations before a connection is ever established, and it is backed by the threat intelligence of Cisco Talos.” This level of advanced security is now integrated into all SD-WAN devices and can be managed through a central hub that simplifies the management and control of all of the resulting devices and platforms.