It’s actually way more than just a firewall. Blue Lane, which we’ve covered in the past here and here, calls it a virtualized IPS (Intrusion Prevention System). They are about to release extensive additions to their VM protection suite VirtualShield including integration with VMware’s VirtualCenter. By now most data centers have extensive host and network based protection, there’s certainly no shortage of available solutions. But what about those virtual servers and virtual machines that are popping up all over the network? Track down and secure each one of them by hand? - I think not.
It looks like people are finally waking up to the looming threats of unmanaged, and even worse, often completely unprotected virtual machines. Blue Lane’s list of customer deployments is impressive and growing rapidly. As we mentioned earlier, being able to create VM’s on the fly is a great relief and adds super convenience. It also adds an extra level or risk and complexity for the security guys.
Blue Lane’s solution allows administrators to secure VM’s for their entire data center, cluster, host or single VM. Within the next couple of months Blue Lane is going to add the following features to VirtualShield (see screenshots below):
Especially the VMwall Firewall in combination with Flow analytics should be a very strong tool to provide enterprise wide security and basic analysis for virtual environments.
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