Usually, protecting clients from cyber-criminals is the first order of business in the deployment of AvidFirewall NG. For a multi-location, retail user that had been on an AT&T MPLS network, the huge increase in network reliability was the most tangible immediate benefit. Not to mention the cost savings.
Before I talk more about AvidFirewall NG, you might be curious to know what an MPLS network is. Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a routing technique in telecommunications networks that directs data from one node to the next based on short path labels rather than long network addresses, thus avoiding complex lookups in a routing table and speeding traffic flows.
Our client’s MPLS setup was replaced by Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that were able to take advantage of the full bandwidth at each location, several of which were Google Fiber Gigabit connections.
AvidFirewall NG Deployment
The AvidFirewall NG deployment was a fairly straightforward implementation of the standard configuration developed by Avid. While the Fortinet equipment is complex, and has a seemingly infinite variety of ways it can be deployed, our lengthy firewall experience and our development of template geared for retail businesses of this nature kept the complexity from overwhelming the client during the design phase.
Standard AvidFirewall NG Deployment Features
- Blocking access to malicious sites
- Preventing network intrusions
- Blocking access to sites that might generate employer liability
- Blocking access to adult sites