Enterprise security provider Palo Alto Networks, announced on Wednesday (October 15, 2014) the latest release of its virtual firewall series.
Called VM-Series, it gives organisations the ability to realise the full agility and flexibility of cloud - to detect and prevent known and unknown cyber threats before they compromise their virtual data centres (VDCs); and to choose the public, private or hybrid deployment architecture without compromising security.
The new VM-Series also enables organisations to maintain security across a number of cloud service providers with support for cloud infrastructure providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), and support for Kernel-based Virtual machine (KVM), an open source hypervisor used in public cloud computing environments.
"The latest release of our VM-Series was specifically designed with the cloud in mind. It provides consistent automated protection for cloud computing environments so organisations can take advantage of the productivity and cost benefits provided by the cloud without compromising security," said Lee Klarich, senior vice president of Product Management, Palo Alto Networks.
"It delivers the freedom to deploy new applications and virtual machines and remain confident their VDCs are protected by next-generation firewall and threat prevention technology," he added.
According to its media statement, Palo Alto Networks is also partnering VMware to extend its integrated security and network virtualisation capabilities to hybrid cloud environments, enabling customers to apply the same security policies across their private and public infrastructure with a consistent approach to security whether the application is virtual, physical, on-premise or off-premise.
Under this partnership, the two companies have delivered a solution that includes the Palo Alto Networks VM-1000-HV designed specifically for VMware NSX interoperability. Customers also can deploy the Palo Alto Networks VM-series with their instances of VMware vCloud Air, an enterprise-grade public cloud service.
Come next year, Palo Alto Networks and VMware hope to deliver new multi-tenant next-generation firewall as-a-service capabilities in VMware vCloud Air based on the Palo Alto Networks VM-1000-HV integration with VMware NSX.
"VMware and Palo Alto Networks are delivering on the vision of hybrid cloud, which is to design applications once, secure once, and deploy anywhere without compromise. Through our partnership, we are combining best-in-class security with the software-defined data center architecture to meet customers' business requirements for improved security and advanced threat protection," said Scott Collison, Vice President, Common Platforms, vCloud Air, VMware.
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