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TippingPoint Introduces New Products to Secure Virtualized Next-Generation Data Centers

TippingPoint, a leading provider of network security and a division of 3Com, and Reflex Systems, a pioneer in virtualization systems management solutions, today announced a partnership that will enable organizations to secure virtual networks with the same technology used for physical networks. The partnership integrates Reflex's Virtualization Management Center (VMC) solution with TippingPoint's industry-leading Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) to provide customers with comprehensive security, visibility and performance across both physical and virtual network infrastructures.


Companies are adopting virtualization at a rapid pace for cost, energy, and speed of deployment benefits. As they move mission critical data to virtual environments, they find themselves requiring the same enterprise-class security in their virtual networks as they do across their physical networks. Securing and managing the virtual environment requires a different approach and a new set of technologies that are purpose-built for the virtual environment.

As part of its recently launched TippingPoint Virtual Controller (vController), TippingPoint will use Reflex Systems' vTrust™ technology to enable more sophisticated segmentation (virtual trust zones), policy enforcement, as well as monitoring, filtering and control of VM-to-VM traffic. vTrust also takes advantage of VMware's VMsafe API to deliver a more granular level of visibility and control into communication within the VMware virtual environment.

"Virtualization delivers on the promise of an agile, more cost-effective IT infrastructure. However, it also makes it easier than ever to introduce risk into the enterprise," said Pete Privateer, president and CEO, Reflex Systems. "Fortunately, by leveraging advancements in security and management technologies, organizations can minimize their risk and realize the benefits of virtualization. We are pleased to partner with TippingPoint, the industry's leading IPS vendor, to provide a high level of visibility and control across the entire network."

Security and Management of Virtual Environments

Reflex's award-winning Virtualization Management Center (VMC) manages and protects virtual servers, desktops, and networks providing a management for security and compliance that correlates infrastructure configuration changes with network services and security events. This integrated approach enables enterprise organizations to improve performance while increasing business efficiency and business continuity in the virtual data center.

Reflex VMC is designed to provide customers with the essential capabilities needed to effectively manage and secure complex, dynamic virtual environments, capitalize on their existing virtualization investment, reduce cost through efficient management, minimize downtime, and maintain a reliable virtualized infrastructure running critical applications. VMC integrates security, compliance, audit and management of the virtual environment by providing visibility, correlation, control and automation through a single pane of glass.

By integrating Reflex's VMC with the TippingPoint IPS, customers will be able to gain control and protect physical and virtual environments saving time and money while providing a more comprehensive view of the environment for security and compliance purposes.

"As organizations move toward virtualization they are looking to extend enterprise-class network security into the virtual environment," said Alan Kessler, president of TippingPoint. "By tapping into Reflex's virtualization expertise, we can provide our customers an effective solution for improving security, achieving regulatory compliance, and reducing total cost of ownership across their entire infrastructure, whether it's physical or virtual."

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Published Monday, February 22, 2010 5:34 PM by David Marshall
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