Clavister launches scalable, virtualized mobile core and IoT security offering for network operators

Clavister, a Swedish vendor of network security solutions, launched this week new version of its fully virtualized, carrier-grade security operating system, purpose-designed to enable mobile network operators to protect their networks at every point without compromising scalability.

The wireless carrier market is struggling to manage the explosion of mobile data traffic driven by streaming media and a rapidly increasing amount of IoT devices.

With Clavister’s new solution, MNOs can end their reliance on costly, legacy hardware. Clavister’s solution delivers ultra-high performance and resilience, carrier-grade features, and a highly scalable license model, in a fully virtualized software form-factor.  This enables wireless carriers to finally deploy security across their large-scale networks when rolling out new telecom cloud-based infrastructures.

The solution includes all features required to deliver a range of security applications, including 4G/5G backhaul security, core security (with Gi/SGi firewalling), domain security, as well as roaming security.

According to analysts, data traffic in mobile networks grew by 74 percent during 2015 and is expected to increase fivefold by 2020. During the same period the number of IoT devices is expected to grow from around 6 billion to 21 billion, placing pressure on MNO to rapidly scale up their network infrastructures to meet this improved demand.

Until now, providing security for these traffic volumes has been only been possible with proprietary, expensive and inflexible ‘big iron’ hardware appliances, which restrict network flexibility and scalability.

“Carrier-Grade NAT (CG-NAT), Anomaly-based DDoS Protection and the other new features added in the latest release enable operators to secure more areas of their network using a fully virtualized solution,” said Christina Josefsson, Clavister’s product manager for telecom products. “This means that they can retire outdated, costly ‘big iron’ security hardware that simply cannot keep up with the explosive growth of data traffic.”

“Clavister’s virtualized security solution will help to transform the way that MNOs look at the design of their networks,” said John Vestberg, CTO and Head of Product Management at Clavister. “Using our solution, operators gain a significant competitive edge as they can be more agile, growing their network in a more seamless way with security at every point, while simultaneously enjoying significant cost savings.”

The new solution is based on version 2.80 of the software Clavister cOS Stream, which is readily available for download from Clavister’s customer web portal.

In April, Clavister announced three new major releases, the Clavister cOS Core 11.04.00, Clavister InControl 1.60.00 and the brand new Clavister MFA – Multi-Factor Authentication version 1.60.00. These releases ties togheter a combination of new features such as strong authentication, improved IPv6 support and various security enhancements.

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