InfoWorld's Test Center picks the best open source software for agile infrastructures in 2011
For all of the talk about the wonderful advances of computing, many savvy enterprise managers are scraping their heads and wondering about security. How can they lock down their machines if they don't know where they are?
One solution is Vyatta, a collection of open source network software packages bundled with Linux. It's a distro designed to make it a bit easier to take any machine -- they don't need to be official cloud machines -- and provide some security to its communications with its brethern.
This definition of cloud here is pretty loose. You might want to install Vyatta on the remote terminals at stores. Or perhaps you want to include Vyatta on the Live CDs that employees take home for remote access. All of the standard tools -- routing, firewall, VPN, IPS, URL filtering, and so on -- are integrated and ready to run.
Vyatta provides all of the network services layered on top of TCP/IP so that you can knit together your machines into one simple network. It's backed by a commercial venture that sells support and enhancements and bundles the software with hardware for small offices and data centers.
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