McAfee and Brocade have partnered to offer a set of fully interoperable end-to-end network security solutions.

The partnership will see McAfee integrate its critical security capabilities into the Brocade family of networking products. The two companies will also collaborate on a set of jointly designed, interoperable solutions developed specifically to address the network security needs of enterprise customers.

The combined Brocade and McAfee network security solutions will include the McAfee firewall enterprise and intrusion prevention technologies operating with the Brocade NetIron MLX series of high-performance routers.

It will also include firewall scalability with Brocade ServerIron application delivery controllers that load-balance the McAfee firewall enterprise technology. According to the companies, it will provide full protection against denial-of-service (DoS) and SYN attacks, while enabling a high-performance, always-on, secure firewall service.

Dan Ryan, executive vice president and general manager of the network security business unit at McAfee, said: “Keeping data secure is a battle that must be waged on multiple fronts, especially at the network level. Working with Brocade to bring a comprehensive set of network security solutions to market makes perfect sense – the coupling of the strengths of both companies is expected to deliver a set of solutions that customers can depend on to protect their most valuable data assets.”

Marc Randall, senior vice president of products and offerings at Brocade, said: “Brocade's vision is for network services to enable customers to securely connect anytime from anywhere in a globally competitive marketplace.

“This vision is becoming a reality through partnerships with top companies like McAfee, with which Brocade has a natural synergy that has culminated in the development of highly reliable, best-of-breed network security solution sets.”