Security provisioning and change management is an operational challenge for today's dynamic Cloud data centre environments. Network security configuration and policy assignment can be slow, rigid and lag behind the pace and ease of application provisioning. At the same time, a next-generation security platform - where security policies are tied to applications, users and data - is a growing requirement for an effective cybersecurity strategy.
Recognizing these changing requirements, Palo Alto Networks and VMware have partnered to deliver an integrated solution that combines the Palo Alto Networks VM-Series virtualized next-generation security platform with the VMware NSX network virtualization platform. With this joint solution, customers will be able to unify next-generation network security across their physical and virtual environments with a single point of management.
"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", stated Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. "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."
The combined solution will enable customers to use the network services insertion capabilities of VMware NSX with Palo Alto Networks' next-generation security technologies to easily deploy, move, scale and protect applications in their software-defined data centres. Customers will realize more agility and efficiency through centralized policy management and implementation.
This integrated solution is now in beta with general availability planned in the first half of 2014. The offering will help accelerate the delivery of next-generation security services to support virtual application deployments, speeding what has traditionally been a manual and time-consuming process that can delay virtual application deployments as much as two months for some enterprises. These delays can be eliminated, and enterprises will be able to realize the full agility, efficiency and cost benefits of a software-defined data centre while protected by next-generation security policies.
Additional functionality that this integrated solution will deliver for customers includes:
"VMware has ushered cloud computing into mainstream IT environments and one by one, tackled barriers to broad adoption so customers can achieve the promise of network agility, flexibility and speed. Our partnership with VMware, which brings together two best-of-breed platforms, represents one giant step toward eliminating security concerns for customers so they can safely enable business applications, securing their networks from cyber threats, and accelerating their Cloud deployments", stated Lee Klarich, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Palo Alto Networks.
"We developed VMware NSX with an understanding that customers will want to continue to leverage previous IT investments with their strategic technology partners. For next-generation network security, Palo Alto Networks is a leading partner, delivering innovative solutions for security in the software-defined data centre. 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", stated Hatem Naguib, Vice President, Networking and Security, VMware.