CAYMAN ISLANDS– Unified Technologies, a Pan-Regional IT solutions provider with operations in the Caribbean and North America, announced today their newly established Cyber Security Alliance with the global professional services firm Deloitte.
This alliance will provide Deloitte with specific tools and platforms to support their leading Cyber Risk practice, and expand the breadth and depth of their services in the Caribbean and Bermuda region. Deloitte’s extensive global expertise in Cyber Security, combined with the unique Cyber Security solutions of Unified Technologies, will allow both firms to offer holistic approaches and solutions that will deliver the highest value in cyber security services to their clients in the region.
“We are confident that our alliance with Unified Technologies will continue to grow both our capabilities to provide world-class cyber security services to our clients, that enable them to prevent and mitigate the risks of today’s fast-evolving cyber threats,” stated Taron Jackman, Cyber Risk Services Leader for Deloitte in the Caribbean.
Through this alliance, Unified Technologies will be able to better design and deliver industry-leading security solutions and services. These include assisting potential clients to identify vulnerabilities, detect potential security gaps and update aging and vulnerable technology systems with analytics driven SIEM (security information and event management) platforms, next generation and virtual firewalls, endpoint security, malware and ransomware protection, data loss prevention, and other threat intelligence and prevention measures.
“We are excited to work closely with Deloitte’s Global Cyber Risk Services team to provide world-class solutions and services that further preserve and protect our customer’s IT infrastructure and sensitive data from potential breach,” said Tony Silva, CEO of Unified Technologies.
Deloitte and Unified Technologies will debut their new alliance at a conference to be held on August 17th in Trinidad, where they will present their expanded service offerings to companies seeking to optimize their cyber security posture and strategy.
“Technology alone cannot thwart the threat of cyber intrusions. Cyber threats must be met with a combination of people, best practices, technology and process, and for this reason our alliance with Deloitte makes so much sense,” said Rob Eyers, Unified Technologies’ SVP of Business Development for the English Caribbean.
Deloitte has more than 244,400 professionals at member firms delivering services in audit, tax, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory and related services in more than 150 countries and territories.
Deloitte’s global Cyber Risk practice is consistently recognized as world leader by various research firms, such as Gartner (ranked #1 globally in security consulting) and ALM Intelligence – formerly known as Kennedy – (named Global leader in cybersecurity consulting and Global leader in security operations consulting).
Deloitte has a strong presence in the Caribbean and Bermuda marketplace, with more than 500 professionals dedicated to bringing their talents to bear on their clients’ unique issues. Deloitte Caribbean and Bermuda (DCB Holding Ltd.) serves the English-speaking Caribbean from offices in the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British and United States Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and Trinidad & Tobago.
DCB Holding Ltd. is a member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a more detailed description of DTTL and its member firms.
ABOUT UNIFIED TECHNOLOGIES
The highly skilled team at Unified Technologies has an unparalleled level of commitment and experience providing secure and unified systems and networks. The Unified team is comprised of certified subject matter experts and trusted advisors that develop best of breed solutions from industry leaders such as HPE, Cisco, VMWare, Citrix, Palo Alto, Checkpoint, Carbon Black, Symantec, Veeam, Rubrik, Exagrid and Ruckus. This approach enables Unified customers to preserve and grow their businesses by consistently providing the most Secure and Unified Networks and Systems delivered by world class experts fully committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction.
Unified Technologies an IT Solutions and Service Provider that consistently protects our customers’ competitiveness by delivering the most secure, reliable and flexible IT Infrastructure. Specializing in vertical markets that include Financial Services, Professional Services, Healthcare, Hospitality and Government – Unified customers can count on world class expertise and a fanatical commitment to customer satisfaction.
ACI Spine Layer – Provides bandwidth and redundancy between Leaf Nodes
ACI Leaf Layer – Provides all connectivity outside the fabric – including servers, service devices, and other networks
Optimized Traffic Flows – Accommodates new E-W traffic patterns in simple, scalable, non-blocking design
Decoupling of Endpoint Identity – Network policies automatically move with VM/Server/Container
Network Innovations – Dynamic load balancing, dynamic packet prioritization, congestion management
The APIC becomes single point of management for the entire fabric where all network behavior is defined and controlled with a policy-based model. The single point of control causes the fabric to act like a single (virtualized) switch.
Cisco AVS provides cross-consistency in features, management, and control through Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), rather than through hypervisor-specific management stations. As a key component of the overall ACI framework, AVS allows for intelligent policy enforcement and optimal traffic steering for virtual applications. Below is a compassion of traditional networks versus ACI networks
Characteristics of a traditional network
- Collection of Individual Devices
- Configuration is per box
- Configured based on Network Needs
- Configured via Port
- Limited API – software overlay’s only
- CLI manages local switch only
- Limited tools to configure
- Black list model
- Performance Monitoring requires external tools and correlation
Characteristics of an ACI network
- One Logical Device
- Configuration is per Fabric
- Configured based on Application Needs
- Configured via Policy
- North and Southbound API (software & hardware)
- Controller can manage switches, load balancers, firewalls and software (Cisco and non-Cisco)
- Wide range of tools to configure
- White list model
- Integrated performance visibility
Most research about SDN and ACI will usually lead to descriptions of massive Clos networks geared towards service providers and massive enterprises, but ACI can be deployed with the requisite APIC cluster and as little as 4 switches (2 spine and 2 leaf switches). This small deployment also does not require chassis based solutions as a smaller fixed configuration spine model is also available. This could be a very cost effective option to replace aging Nexus 7000\5000 deployments. The total cost of ownership of an ACI deployment compares even more favorably against a traditional deployment when the 3rd party management platforms are also considered.
Software defined technology is here to stay, and while it represents a drastic change from the traditional way of doing things, it is worth evaluating, especially if the SDN technologies can provide real improvements to the way connectivity is delivered in the datacenter.