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Catbird Announces Support for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

Catbird, the leader in security and compliance for virtualized and private cloud data centers, announced Catbird vSecurity for Microsoft Hyper-V, with availability in December 2013.

Security and compliance through Catbird vSecurity provides clients with an automated method to measure against compliance standards and mitigate risk, greatly reducing audit preparation costs and the inherent complexities that come with managing compliance regulations.  Catbird vSecurity includes comprehensive network security controls such as IDS/IPS, Firewall Orchestration and Vulnerability Management. It captures and analyzes security and hypervisor events, automatically mapping to various compliance frameworks including PCI, HIPAA, FISMA, and COBIT among others, presenting users with a visual one-to-one mapping of the current compliance state of their cloud-based infrastructure. It also automates the quarantine of assets upon compliance policy violations.

Catbird vSecurity for Microsoft Hyper-V is the ideal solution for a wide variety of virtualized data centers, including VMware vSphere users looking to add Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012, companies currently using Hyper-V that want to secure and enforce compliance, and those firms that are already running a hybrid datacenter with both Hyper-V and vSphere and need a single security and compliance tool for the whole of their environment.

 “vSecurity delivers the security controls and automated mitigation necessary to achieve continuous compliance. In addition, we now give IT staff the ability to consolidate security and compliance for multiple hypervisors into a single enterprise-wide function,” said Randal Asay, CTO of Catbird. “At the heart of our solution is active compliance for virtualization, a proactive approach that enables proof of compliance in real time, instead of a manual process that exposes firms to security risks and higher audit and related fees. Hyper-V will play a critical role in markets where its users require compliance against standards like HIPAA and PCI.”

Hyper-V is gaining market share in the virtualization software market, especially popular in markets sensitive to cost, such as higher education. Market analytics firm IDC notes in a recent report that Microsoft’s solution can now claim 25% of the global virtualization software market 1. Market research firm Enterprise Strategy Group’s survey of 440 IT professionals in the server virtualization and cloud storage space reports that 65% of its respondents were using more than one hypervisor 2. This same report found that 28% of people are using multiple hypervisors for licensing and software cost reduction reasons.  

“Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V introduce groundbreaking virtualization technologies that Catbird vSecurity for Microsoft Hyper-V builds on,” said Brian Hillger, Director, Product Marketing, Microsoft. “Helping enterprises secure their virtual network components and VMs and automate the compliance process, Catbird vSecurity for Microsoft Hyper-V provides clear, continuous visibility into the virtualized IT environment. We are pleased to work with Catbird in their Hyper-V integration effort.”

Asay continued, “A significant portion of our prospects are telling us that they are either using Microsoft Server 2012 Hyper-V today or they have Hyper-V projects planned for the near future.  As such, we are excited to be working closely with Microsoft to meet the security and compliance needs of our mutual prospective customers.”

Catbird vSecurity for Microsoft Hyper-V is scheduled for release in December 2013 and will support Hyper-V Server 2012, SP1 and R2.  vSecurity currently supports all current releases of VMware vSphere and ESX 4.1 and above. For more information, visit  Follow Catbird on Twitter at @CatbirdSecurity, or Facebook at

Published Tuesday, November 19, 2013 7:13 PM by David Marshall
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