Hillstone Networks joins Array’s Network Functions Platform Ecosystem

Partnership adds new option for next-generation firewall on AVX platform; features advanced L2-7 security features as well as core firewall features

Array Networks announced a partnership to make Hillstone Networks’ next-gen firewall capabilities available on Array’s AVX Series network functions platform. As part of the joint effort, Hillstone has joined Array’s growing third-party ecosystem of technologies that have been tested and proved compatible with the AVX Series.

The AVX Series uniquely offers the flexibility of cloud and virtualization, with the guaranteed performance of dedicated appliances. Up to 32 Array and third-party networking and security virtual appliances may be deployed on an AVX platform, reducing rack space and energy overhead while enabling pay-as-you-grow deployment and streamlining network functions virtualization (NFV) roll-outs.

Hillstone’s CloudEdge provides the same robust set of security features offered by the company’s ‘NSS Labs Recommended’ next-generation firewalls. CloudEdge identifies and prevents potential threats associated with high-risk applications while providing policy-based control over applications, users, and user groups. In addition, CloudEdge provides comprehensive security features including granular application identification and control, intrusion prevention, anti-virus, attack defense, URL filtering, cloud sandbox and more.

By leveraging Array’s AVX Series network functions platform, virtual application delivery controllers and virtual SSL VPNs, as well as Hillstone’s CloudEdge NGFW and other third-party virtual appliances, enterprises and service providers can deploy a complete, best-of-breed solution for endpoint and data center security as well as application availability and performance. Network functions such as NGFW, ADC, SSL VPNs and others may be deployed on different size VMs as needed to fit the workload and throughput requirements of a given environment. In addition, VMs may be deployed in mix-and-match configurations, and service chained to create very efficient, agile and secure topologies.

“The joint solution from two network visionaries bring together critical features of the Hillstone NGFW with the agility and performance of the Array Networks platform for a comprehensive virtual solution,” said Lingling Zhang, SVP of Product and Marketing at Hillstone Networks. “The joint solution addresses our customers’ challenges of security, scalability and performance without compromise.”

Hillstone Networks’ CloudEdge next-generation firewall virtual appliances may be purchased directly from Hillstone, Array Networks, or their respective resellers, and installed on AVX network functions platforms. A comprehensive deployment guide is available to assist in initial set-up and deployment.

“Partnering with Hillstone Networks, and certifying CloudEdge for deployment on the AVX platform further expands options for organizations that are looking to consolidate data centers, gain flexibility and choice, and eliminate the trade-offs of performance versus agility,” said James Kwon, Senior Director of Product Management at Array Networks. “Hillstone’s CloudEdge is proven technology that offers a complete suite of NGFW capabilities. By combining CloudEdge with Array’s AVX platform and virtual ADCs and SSL VPNs, organizations have unprecedented flexibility to design and deploy best-of-breed solutions custom-fit to their needs and requirements.”

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