I’m visiting Haifa, Israel this week. A place considered by many as one of the coolest places in the Mediterranean. (“cool” as in “hot”. I wish that it was colder).
This is a network and application security savvy country. Most of the customers that I am visiting are using more than a single tool to protect their applications. In some cases, there are more than two different tools to achieve higher level of security.
The tool manufacturers vary, but there is one thing in common: Tools are very often (I would say more than 70% of the cases) are all installed in in-line mode, blocking policy violations. A violation can be an attack, or a diverge from the corporate governance policy that might lead to information leak and data loss. The corporations that I have visited are world leaders in their space. In other countries, there is more emphasis on business connectivity than in-line real-time, hard core blocking for security. In some cases, people refer to it as “monitoring” versus “preventing”.
Net Optics Director and Director Pro are used by those customers as a tool to ensure connectivity even when the highest degree of security is required. It lets them balance between multiple tools, to make each one more effective and route different types of traffic via an in-line route while allowing other types of traffic to be routes through a monitoring only device. Yet it also provides the means to very quickly (in a matter of less than seconds) to switch policies if needed. One of the coolest use cases that customers are excited about is dynamic load balancing for inline applications using Director Pro. This unique solution allows to run multiple security device in in-line mode for blocking while avoiding asymmetric routing issues.