Security

Hybrid Security Architecture for Data Center Networks

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Executive Summary

Security is critical to data centers, especially multitenant data centers that host a variety of applications in a single facility. Conventional schemes place security devices (middleboxes) at a few choke points (e.g., core routers) and rely on routing policy to guarantee middlebox traversal. Coupling routing and security services together complicates operation and troubleshooting since routing and security are operated by different teams. When a data center scales, the security system needs upgrade accordingly. However, the current approaches are not flexible and incur high cost. Observing that rich computing resources are already available in data centers, the authors are interested in using a large number of software middleboxes to achieve scalability and cost efficiency.

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