Networks are built using switches, routers, and other devices in a distributed fashion to scale and provide reliability. In this distributed environment, it has become more complex to provide new end—to—end services and applications in a seamless and cost—effective manner. To address the simultaneous needs for security, virtualization, manageability, mobility and agility in today’s networks — the concept of Software—Defined Networks are gaining attention as a viable solution. The provisioning of new services and the reliable application delivery in a dynamic IT infrastructure can be achieved with such an architecture. Extreme Networks Data Center Connect integration service — it is a professional service delivered through a combination of middleware and integration services that interact with the OneFabric Control Center from Extreme Networks. It provides APIs to integrate OneFabric Control Center with other IT solutions, management systems and databases, MDM solutions, NG Firewalls, web filtering solutions etc.
Extreme Networks Data Center Connect provides automation and control — device identification and location tracking, reporting back to other IT systems and automatically assign policies managed by IT systems inside or outside the network management domain. It provides deep integration with the customers‘ existing IT and management systems and leads to improved processes, decreased troubleshooting times, and lower OPEX. The Service is the next logical step in the evolution for Extreme Networks Data Center Connect Control Center. Data Center Manager manages virtual data centers, OneFabric Control Center manages devices and users at the access layer. The value of SDN in the enterprise lies specifically in the ability to provide network virtualization and automation of configuration across the entire network/fabric so new services and endsystems can be deployed rapidly and operational cost can be minimized.
Extreme Networks Data Center Connect
The security appliance market has evolved rapidly in the last years developing new solutions that integrate the user identity in the security decisions. The new security appliances usually provide features like user—based content security rules, application level visibility into the traffic, and advanced filtering engines up to Layer—7. With Extreme Networks Data Center Connect If threats are detected by the NGFW, users at the LAN/Campus Edge or in the data center can be automatically quarantined to contain threats. These features may become important for enterprises in specific verticals like government or healthcare that require a more strict management of their security and fine—grained security rules that better adapt to the BYOD environment. Sitting at the core of the BYOD environment, Mobile IAM can provide invaluable information to these appliances and allow the full development of their capabilities by adding user and location information. The network management system can integrate visibility from security appliances like visibility into application use per user.
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What then are the real technical challenges and costs to your network deployment brought on by BYOD? A sudden influx of new and types and numbers of devices, a mix of operating systems, the immediate demand of personal and enterprise apps, and the increase usage of video, voice and data over the air and on the wire will have a dramatic impact on the security, bandwidth, access control and end—user experience for all of your trusted users and guests. The Mobile Identity and Access Management (Mobile IAM) solution delivers a uniquely comprehensive approach for deploying and managing the world of BYOD and the mobile Extreme Networks Data Center Connect — with this SDN integration, the solution can be extended to include an ecosystem of systems to provide granular visibility and enforcement of network policies as it is done for unmanaged devices (and any other device and user on the network) in a BYOD environment as well. With the rapid growth of new and powerful smartphones and tablets, largely spurred on by Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices.
Extreme Networks Data Center Connect
The Extreme Networks’ Software—Defined Networking (SDN) solution accelerates application innovation and reduces risks for the entire network, including wireless, campus and data center. Extreme Networks does this through a modular, open and standards—based development environment that integrates with existing infrastructure and avoids architecture lock—in. If you are a commercial application developer looking to integrate with a leading SDN platform, deploying SDN in your network in the next 12—18 months or a value—added reseller offering SDN solutions today, you may be eligible to receive a free early release Extreme SDN OneController Platform.
The Extreme Networks evolutionary SDN solution provides simple end—to—end network automation that makes your network deployment, management and ongoing operation cost effective, fast provisioning of your network to support any application, while maintaining flexibility for deploying your choice of best—of—breed applications, solutions and vendors, and smart orchestration, including backwards compatibility, to protect your existing network infrastructure investments. Extreme Networks allies with the world’s leading technology provider to bring innovative solutions to the market that solve real—world problems for forward—thinking IT organizations.
Single—pane—of—glass control from BYOD to the data center. Extreme Networks ExtremeControl provides all the management tools you need to control policy from any network node to any individual device, all from a single pane of glass. Centralized management brings simplicity to complex management configurations and reporting while distributed control automatically adapts to policy and privileges based on location, time, user, or device. A single management system for the entire network providing consistent management across all devices.
Integrated wired/wireless management provides consistent management of both the wired and wireless network from a single interface. Dashboard and reports provides a graphical user interface for network data collection and reporting of network analytics. Open Application Programmatic Interface (API) provides an open and secure two—way interface into Management Center for third—party application integration and control of Software—Defined Networking (SDN) implementations. Network Inventory Management provides advanced network configuration and change management for the wired and wireless infrastructure.
Extreme Access Control is a complete standards—based, multi—vendor interoperable pre—connect and post—connect Access Control solution for wired and wireless LAN and VPN users. Using the Extreme Access Control Gateway appliances and/or Virtual Appliance with Control Center management configuration and reporting software, IT administrators can deploy a leading—edge Network Access Control solution to ensure only the right users have access to the right information from the right place at the right time including time of day, location, authentication types, device and OS type, and end system and user groups.
Network Access Control (NAC) is a complete standards—based, multi—vendor interoperable pre—connect and post—connect Network Access Control solution for wired and wireless LAN and VPN users. Using Extreme Networks NAC Gateway appliances and/or NAC Gateway Virtual Appliance with Extreme Networks NetSight NAC management configuration and reporting software, IT administrators can deploy a leading—edge NAC solution to ensure only the right users have access to the right information from the right place at the right time.
SDN networks are complex, but Extreme Networks makes them simpler and easier to manage. Extreme Networks does this by leveraging one unified operating and management system (EXOS) across all platforms as well as the SDN controller. This makes deployment across multiple platforms much simpler. Extreme Networks is also fully integrating Extreme Networks’ solutions with OpenDaylight by developing plug—ins for our management tools such as NetSight and hardening the overall OpenDaylight offering for increased reliability.
As well Extreme Networks is adding additional applications (NAC, Purview, wireless, session management, etc.) that extend the benefits of SDN beyond the basic functions offered by most providers. This allows Extreme Networks to bring unified network management as well as network access control, network optimization and advanced application analytics to the same Software—Defined Networking solution. This is all managed through a simple, single—pane—of—glass GUI front—end for the whole network including the wireless edge, campus and data center.
Networks are built using switches, routers, and other devices in a distributed fashion to scale and provide reliability. In this distributed environment, it has become more complex to provide new end—to—end services and applications in a seamless and cost effective manner. As the business demands more agile and flexible IT services this has become a focal point for innovation and also for differentiation by vendors that have solved that challenge. To address the simultaneous needs for security, virtualization, manageability, mobility and agility in today ́s networks — the concept of SDNs Software—Defined Networks — are gaining attention as a viable solution.
The provisioning of new services and the reliable application delivery in a dynamic IT infrastructure can be achieved with such an architecture. The value of SDN in the enterprise lies specifically in the ability to provide network virtualization and automation of configuration across the entire network/fabric so new services and endsystems can be deployed rapidly and operational cost can be minimized. As enterprises embrace the new world of consumer tablets, smartphones and laptops, a “Bring Your Own Device” policy (BYOD) enables employees and guests to be more mobile and productive while the enterprise is secure and compliant.