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5nine Software Announces Security Heartbeat Service and Virtual Firewall 2.0 for Microsoft Hyper-V and Server 2008

5nine Software today announced 5nine Virtual Firewall 2.0 for Microsoft Hyper-V -- a powerful and easy to use virtual firewall for Microsoft Hyper-V and Server 2008 / R2. 5nine Virtual Firewall controls network traffic between virtual machines, detects/blocks malicious attacks and improves the security of a virtualized environment.

Both SMB and large size Enterprise deployments or hosting companies need v-Firewall to harden security of the virtual machines and the Virtual host system.

5nine Virtual Firewall provides an ability to monitor and control network traffic between virtual machines and external (physical) networks, as well as between virtual machines within the virtual network. System Administrators can define the rules for different types of traffic coming to/from virtual machines, as well as the ports used. This could be done both programmatically (with simple PowerShell API), or using administrative applications running on a management Virtual machine or a standalone web server.


Special security heartbeat service continuously checks if the security rules/policies are enforced, and stops/pauses the virtual machine if its network filter is not communicated, which prevents exposure of the VMs to a wide range of exploits.

By controlling incoming and outgoing network traffic for each Hyper-V virtual machine 5nine Virtual Firewall helps to improve the security of a virtual environment, and enforces various compliance best practices and standards, including PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).

5nine Virtual Firewall can be used with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager when virtual machine is provisioned, or deployed on the physical machine(s) prior to P2V Migration.

Virtual Firewall also keeps statistics for a number of packets and average size of each packet. Based on these statistics Virtual Firewall creates a network usage pattern, and notifies the user if it has changed, which often indicates a malicious attack or a Malware. System Administrators subsequently can take an action to block suspicious traffic creating or modifying appropriate rule.

"More and more companies, including those of highly regulated financial, insurance and healthcare industries, are looking to utilize Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization technology to reduce costs and optimize IT resources. Security and compliance are increasing concerns for a broad range of virtualization deployments. 5nine Virtual Firewall provides tremendous protection for the virtual infrastructure, along with conventional perimeter firewalls," said Irene Achong, Director of Sales of 5nine Software. "5nine v-Firewall version 1.0 has drawn significant attention from many organizations of different size, including SMBs, hosting companies and Enterprises utilizing Microsoft Hyper-V and Server 2008 / R2. It allowed us to gather common requirements for secure Hyper-V Virtual Machines provisioning and deployment, which were implemented in version 2.0 of 5nine Virtual Firewall and 5nine Security Heartbeat Service for Hyper-V."

Features and Benefits:

Controls Network Traffic -- Using simple PowerShell API/scripts or intuitive Management applications system administrators can define/modify various firewall rules to allow or restrict various types of network traffic coming from the external network to Hyper-V virtual machines, or vise versa, and between the virtual machines. It allows users to protect the Virtual Machines and the Host System from both 'outside' and 'inside' vulnerabilities.

Security Heartbeat Service -- Special service continuously checks if the network traffic rules are enforced, and can stop or pause the virtual machine if its network filter is not communicated to ensure that VM is not compromised.

Deployment options -- 5nine Virtual Firewall can be used with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager templates when a new virtual machine is provisioned on Hyper-V / Server 2008/R2 host, or to be deployed on the physical machine(s) prior to P2V Migration, as well as on VMs after Migration.

Compliance Audits -- Enables successful compliance audits by providing the ability to monitor, report on, and filter virtual network traffic effectively.

Pricing and Availability

5nine Virtual Firewall 2.0 is currently in beta, and is expected to be GA in April, 2010. A free 30 day trial version can be downloaded at It is priced at 49.00 per virtual machine. Volume discounts apply.

Published Thursday, April 01, 2010 6:45 PM by David Marshall
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