Juniper, EMC, Netcordia to protect, manage voice networks

Juniper offers system to let MSOs protect VoIP and SIP-based services against network attacks. EMC's VoIP Manager finds root cause of network problems. Netcordia's network analysis appliance monitors VoIP, Wireless, VPN, VLAN, and IP.

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JUNIPER STEPS UP VOIP SECURITY

Juniper Networks Inc. announced a new solution that lets cable multiple systems operators (MSOs) protect Voice over IP (VoIP) and SIP-based services against network security attacks. The new solution increases the security of existing services, reduces costs of network downtime, and enables new, value-added managed security services. Working with any PacketCable Multimedia-compliant cable modem termination system (CMTS), the Cable Dynamic Threat Mitigation solution integrates Juniper's routing platforms, Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) devices, and SDX Service Deployment System, enabling MSOs to identify and isolate security threats quickly and effectively so that infected customers and operations staff can be notified. By leveraging a PacketCable Multimedia-based architecture, Juniper's Cable Dynamic Threat Mitigation solution enables MSOs to secure VoIP services end-to-end across their network, from the IP core through to the end user.

GETTING TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM

EMC Corp. announced EMC Smarts VoIP Manager, software that monitors Voice over IP (VoIP) network systems and applications for availability and immediately identifies the root cause of problems in order to ensure availability of critical voice services. EMC SmartsVoIP Manager is based on the Smarts common data model that maps devices, relationships, behaviors and interactions across all layers of the IP network, revealing the relationships among network, core applications, and business services. This model updates automatically as the environment changes. It discovers network elements such as voice switches, IP PBXs (private branch exchanges), media gateways, and VoIP servers, as well as telephony and network application services. It also builds a topology of relationships and dependencies within VoIP and the infrastructure, and it establishes device relationships and interconnectivity within the VoIP infrastructure and with all overlying applications.

VOIP DIAGNOSTICS

Network analysis toolmaker Netcordia announced a central console for NetMRI, a network analysis appliance that monitors the key components of the enterprise network: VoIP, Wireless, VPN, VLAN, and IP. The new Diagnostic Center enables proactive analysis and troubleshooting from a central location for distributed global networks. It also facilitates assessing of global infrastructure vulnerability and auditing of broad-reaching infrastructure for compliance purposes. Using the Diagnostic Center, network managers can centrally coordinate multiple NetMRI appliances into a unified global system. The Diagnostic Center pools NetMRI data, providing a global view of the network, and allows users to define device groups across multiple appliances. Through a point-and-click approach, it can span and roll up the desired information from various deployment scenarios through the use of logical device groups. In a straightforward and intuitive fashion, the Diagnostic Center also lets network managers develop and implement their own expert rules and "diagnostic scripts" to query the distributed NetMRI databases supporting flexible data-mining and analysis. Additionally, intelligent search capabilities enable identification of -- and locations for -- IP addresses, MAC addresses, subnets, usernames, VLANs, switches, and so on.

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