Internet Edge

The Internet edge is the network infrastructure that provides connectivity to the Internet, and that acts as the gateway for the enterprise to the rest of the cyber space. The Internet edge serves the other many building blocks present in a typical enterprise network. This modular building block approach enables flexibility and customization in network design to meet the needs of different size customers and their business models.

As the gateway to the Internet, the Internet edge infrastructure plays a critical role in supporting the services and activities that are fundamental to the operation of the modern enterprise. For this reason, the Internet edge has to be designed to provide service availability and resiliency, to be compliant with regulations and standards, to provide flexibility in accommodating new services and adapt with the time, to be secure, and to facilitate administration

The rise in organized crime use of the Internet, cyber espionage, growing data theft, the increasing sophistication of network attacks, are all examples of the real threats faced by organizations these days. As a key enabler of the business activity, networks need to be designed with security in mind, and to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of applications, endpoints and the network itself. The Internet edge design incorporates security as an intrinsic component of the network architecture, where a rich set of security technologies and capabilities are deployed in a layered approach, but under a common strategy.