Tuesday, October 19, 2010

uFlow Director - Like it on Facebook and win an iPod Shuffle

Ok, not strictly Fortinet related but worth a mention. And read on to find out how to win an iPod shuffle.

The folks at Kera Networks (i.e. me :) have developed a cool appliance/VM solution which helps you distribute UDP data across multiple devices. How is this useful you say? Glad you asked.

Assume a hypothetical scenario like this:
  • You have a large number of firewalls/routers/other devices which send syslog, netflow and other UDP data
  • You want to slice and dice your data using various tools such as FortiAnalyzer, a SIEM solution or a Netflow Analysis tool for example
  • You can locate most or all of your tools in a central location
  • You pay money for bandwidth :)
uFlow Director addresses some of the shortcomings of the sending devices:
  • If you want a firewall to send UDP data such as syslog to multiple devices over a WAN you have to send the data multiple times, thus paying multiple times for pushing the same data across the WAN
  • Some devices can only be configured to send to a single destination
All you need to do is configure your devices to send their traffic to the uFlow Director appliance and it will make copies of the UDP flows and forward them to the correct receivers. It comes with a super simple web-based user interface to configure the UDP distribution rules.

Of course it's not limited to syslog and netflow. It will distribute any kind of UDP traffic you throw at it.

And now for the juicy bit. Visit our website www.keranetworks.com and like our Facebook page. In November we will randomly choose one of our Facebook fans to win an iPod shuffle. We'll even throw in a free copy of iTunes :)

(Hint, hint: We'll also be running a promotion at the end of the year where you can receive a free iPad with purchase of a uFlow Director appliance)

Happy liking.

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