Security Experts:

Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

SecurityWeekSecurityWeek

Cloud Security

VMware and Palo Alto Networks Partner to Secure Software-Defined Data Centers

VMware and Palo Alto Networks have teamed to offer an integrated solution to protect data centers and ensure the deployment of security services keeps up with the deployment of virtual machines.

VMware and Palo Alto Networks have teamed to offer an integrated solution to protect data centers and ensure the deployment of security services keeps up with the deployment of virtual machines.

The partnership between the two companies is meant to bring next generation firewall services to software-defined data centers, allowing users to secure and apply policy to traffic. The integrated solution will enable customers to use the VMware NSX network virtualization platform to automate provisioning and distribution of Palo Alto Networks’ security offering.

VMware LogoPalo Alto Networks Logo“The cloud introduces new security challenges, and legacy security systems based on physical attributes such as port and protocol just aren’t adequate to secure these highly dynamic environments,” said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group, in a statement. “A next-generation security approach that eases operational challenges through integration with network virtualization is a requirement for customers to confidently extend their deployments to cloud.”

With this solution, customers can use the network services insertion capabilities of VMware NSX to easily deploy, move, scale and protect applications in software-defined data centers, the companies said in a joint press release. Currently the solution is in beta. General availability however is scheduled for the first half of 2014.

According to the companies, the solution will offer automated provisioning of advanced network services, a consistent network security model across both physical and virtual workloads, native segmentation of virtual machines into virtual networks and transparent traffic steering and enforcement at a virtual interface. The product will also offer context-sharing across virtual infrastructure and other features.

“Palo Alto Networks and VMware customers will be able to use the distributed service framework of VMware NSX for fast and easy insertion of Palo Alto Networks security services, and achieve unified protection across their physical and virtual environments,” Hatem Naguib, vice president of networking and security at VMware, said in a statement.

Written By

Click to comment

Daily Briefing Newsletter

Subscribe to the SecurityWeek Email Briefing to stay informed on the latest threats, trends, and technology, along with insightful columns from industry experts.

Expert Insights

Related Content

Application Security

Cycode, a startup that provides solutions for protecting software source code, emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday with $4.6 million in seed funding.

Cloud Security

VMware vRealize Log Insight vulnerability allows an unauthenticated attacker to take full control of a target system.

Application Security

A CSRF vulnerability in the source control management (SCM) service Kudu could be exploited to achieve remote code execution in multiple Azure services.

Application Security

Many developers and security people admit to having experienced a breach effected through compromised API credentials.

Cloud Security

Microsoft and Proofpoint are warning organizations that use cloud services about a recent consent phishing attack that abused Microsoft’s ‘verified publisher’ status.

Cloud Security

Orca Security published details on four server-side request forgery (SSRF) vulnerabilities impacting different Azure services.

Application Security

Electric car maker Tesla is using the annual Pwn2Own hacker contest to incentivize security researchers to showcase complex exploit chains that can lead to...

Cloud Security

Cloud Disaster Recovery - Ingredients for a Recipe that Saves Money and Offers a Safe, More Secure Situation with Greater Accessibility