Building the Network for Tomorrow – and Today
The job doesn’t sound easy. Design networks that are fast, that never fail, that scale easily, that are resilient to attack and that are ready for the network architectures of tomorrow. No mean feat – but Secure64 can truly help.
Unlike other companies, Secure64 focuses on providing solutions to meet the demanding requirements of communication service provider networks. To learn more, read on.
Availability is job one in a carrier-grade network. It doesn’t matter whether there is a formal Service Level Agreement or not, support costs and customer churn go up if there are network outages.
Secure64 designed its DNS products to meet the exacting requirements of carriers, and this starts with high availability. DNS appliances are configured for full hardware redundancy, and secure DNS caching and authoritative software support for BGP anycasting and Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) for extremely fast failover. All management and DNSSEC signing products can be configured in active-passive high availability pairs to ensure continuity of service.
Subscribers don’t care if the network is down because of a hardware or DNS problem or because it is under attack. If it is down, they can’t do what they want to do – and that creates problems.
The DNS is the second most widely attacked application protocol on the internet, and attacks on the DNS are becoming larger and more frequent. Secure64 envisioned these types of attacks over a decade ago and designed six layers of self-protecting mechanisms directly into its network stack. These mechanisms protect against the wide variety of attacks directed against the DNS, ranging from simple protocol exploits to much more sophisticated packet and bandwidth flood attacks. Additionally, because the mechanisms are implemented in the operating system rather than the application, Secure64 products successfully defend against high volume attacks that would cause other DNS systems to fail.
There is a saying that only two things in life are certain – death and taxes. How about adding rising DNS loads to that list? Those loads make it challenging for engineering teams to design systems not just to handle today’s loads, but tomorrow’s as well.
Secure64 designed its DNS products with a high degree of scalability in software, not hardware. This means that organizations can increase the capacity of their Secure64 products with a simple license upgrade. No need to wait to procure new hardware. No need to rack and stack equipment. That means faster deployments, less network disruption and more quality work time.
The subscriber experience hinges on network latency, and the more networking devices that are required to inspect and route traffic, the slower the network.
Secure64 customers leverage the company’s unique approach to security – immunity to malware and built-in protections against denial-of-service attacks – to deploy a network infrastructure with no security devices to protect the DNS. No firewalls. No Intrusion Protection Devices. No DDoS scrubbing devices. This means low latency which leads to satisfied customers.
Network Functions Virtualization is the foundation of many service providers’ future architectures, but to fully realize the potential of NFV, all network components must be able to dynamically scale up or out, must be easily monitored, and must interoperate with a variety of management and orchestration systems.
Secure64 DNS products can be deployed as virtual appliances and were designed to scale in software, not hardware. Customers can optimize hardware utilization by scaling up using a high capacity DNS appliance, while a comprehensive RESTful API allows Secure64 DNS products to integrate easily with standards-based or proprietary MANO systems.