As network infrastructure and the threats targeting that infrastructure continue to evolve, so too must the network security solutions adopted to protect organizations. At the same time, the latest generation of web-based applications and the proliferation of mobile devices provide an increasingly challenging task for network administrators to effectively manage traffic flows and access to data while delivering the right mix of security and network services. In the past, network administrators would simply buy a new appliance to overcome a security or network issue. However, that approach leads to greater network complexity, excessive management overhead, and poor overall performance.
Today's network security solutions must not only have the right architecture to deliver the appropriate mix of performance and scale in this evolving network environment, but must also deliver the right security services to give administrators visibility and control over the types of applications now traversing their networks. J