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2008 Best Deployment Scenario

AAA's National Office Upshifts to Foundry Networks' Highly Secure End-to-End Wired and Wireless Infrastructure

As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization AAA provides nearly 51 million members with travel insurance financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902 the not-for-profit fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. For additional information please visit

Challenges: As its next-generation business needs evolved it became critical to refresh both its wired and wireless network infrastructure with a solution that is extremely secure and highly scalable to accommodate growth. To maximize performance and protect its capital investment each employee within AAA is now connected to a wired FastIron SuperX convergence-ready switch or a wireless IronPoint Mobility Series access point.

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Solution provided by Brocade: Before selecting Brocade(Foundry Networks through acquisition) we executed an exhaustive search of competitive offerings from the top networking vendors said Jeff Eberhardt director of technology solutions for AAA. We already had a gigabit Ethernet network in place but we were missing a critical ingredient our ability to completely secure and monitor our network end-to-end.

Brocade was able to deliver multiple layers of network security both at the perimeter and inside the LAN using sFlow traffic monitoring embedded in all our Brocade switches. This simplifies our networking infrastructure while also making it more powerful and secure.

Summary: To completely secure the AAA network AAA utilizes a combination of Brocade's IronView Network Manager (INM) FastIron SuperX converged switches with embedded security capabilities and IronShield(tm) 360 Security for managing and securing the network end-to-end. Brocade's INM leverages 802.1x a standardized security authentication method for IEEE 802-based network technologies and sFlow traffic monitoring an industry standard technology for monitoring networks as part of Brocade's IronShield(tm) 360 Security solution. This powerful traffic monitoring solution embedded in Brocade switches and routers deliver highly scalable security and threat mitigation without the added cost or performance degradation of auxiliary security sensors.

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