network security

Firms offer single path to securing cloud and physical networks

Palo Alto Networks and VMware have joined to solve an enterprise IT puzzle: how to unify network security across both physical and virtual environments through a single point of management. 

The solution, which the firms say is now in beta but will be ready in early 2014, recognizes a common enterprise IT problem. First, network security configuration and policy configuration is slow, they say, often lagging behind the pace of application development and deployment. Meanwhile, large enterprise operators are now looking for platforms where security policies applications, data and users are linked. 

To meet the requirements, the firms have partnered to offer an integrated system that combines Palo Alto’s VM-Series virtualized security platform and Panorama centralized management software with the VMware NSX network virtualization platform. 

According to the two firms, the  combined solution will let IT managers use the network services insertion capabilities of VMware NSX with Palo Alto Networks’ next-generation security technologies to more easily deploy, move, scale and protect applications in their software-defined data centers.  

The offering will also help accelerate delivery of security services to support virtual application deployments, traditionally a manual process that can delay virtual application deployments as much as two months for some enterprises, according to a VMware statement.

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