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Corsa Security Enables Terabit-Scale Traffic Inspection with Virtual Firewalls

Corsa Security announced that it has added new capabilities to its Corsa Security Orchestrator (CSO) software so that network security professionals can quickly and easily scale inspection capacity to terabits of traffic. The development means enterprises and service providers can group virtual firewalls—from leading vendors like Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet—into clusters and load balance traffic across the group of virtual firewalls to build large blocks of inspection capacity. With the industry embracing 5G and its higher bandwidth, latency and security demands, this now makes it possible to ensure security functions are keeping pace and inspecting all traffic flowing through the network at any given time.

Enterprises and service providers alike are adapting their networks and embracing 5G, including private 5G networks, Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) and network slicing. However, with the vast amount of IoT devices and large numbers of user sessions with huge volumes of video and conference streaming, there is a dramatic increase in bandwidth, making it a challenge for security functions to keep up. With the updated Corsa Security Orchestrator, network and security teams now have the capability to software load balance across clusters of virtual firewalls and scale inspection capacity. As traffic continues to grow, the team can upgrade with a single-click in the CSO, adding more virtual firewall resources to the existing cluster.

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“To protect this new 5G-driven infrastructure, security must be flexible yet able to quickly scale to very high levels,” explains Eduardo Cervantes, CEO of Corsa Security. “There is really only one way to get this flexibility, which is to deploy virtual firewalls where and when needed that inspect all the traffic flowing through the network. But then you also need to scale these virtual firewall clusters, which is now possible with our solution that offers push-button, software load balancing for terabits of inspection capacity.”

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What makes this all possible is the Corsa Security Orchestrator, which binds the worlds of network security (the firewall inspection) to the underlying network (server infrastructure). It performs key functions required for large-scale firewall virtualization and flexible traffic inspection at any scale, including:

  • Automation of bootstrap and initial configuration of NGFW VMs
  • Provisioning of policy settings to the VMs in a zero-touch way
  • Software load balancing for optimal virtual firewall performance within clusters
  • Flow tracking for intelligent traffic steering to and from VMs
  • Health check mechanism to monitor VM and system performance
  • Push-button virtual firewall cluster upgrades to scale to Tbps.

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