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Check Point Teams with VMware to offer Advanced Security within the Software-Defined Data Center
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd, the largest pure-play security vendor globally, today announced an expanded collaboration with VMware, Inc. to extend comprehensive, best-in-class security to enterprise private cloud environments through a new software-defined data center offering. Check Point vSEC virtual network security now integrates with the VMware NSX network virtualization platform to enable customers to consistently manage and enforce security for all data center traffic.

Every day, organizations are faced with internal and external threats to their networks. Although recent high profile breaches occurred inside the data center, security today focuses on perimeter defense. Moving these security controls inside the data center is complex and costly. Check Point and VMware are addressing this need with a solution that is based on integration between Check Point vSEC virtual network security and VMware NSX.

With VMware NSX, security is delivered as part of the data center network infrastructure, and micro-segmentation becomes operationally and economically feasible. VMware NSX transparently inserts and orchestrates Check Point vSEC for advanced traffic inspection. Customers can accelerate security service deployment and get the same level of security for traffic inside their data centers as Check Point provides at the perimeter gateway. This becomes especially important in today's dynamic cloud environments, where applications must be provisioned on-demand, and be highly portable across the infrastructure. The combined solution enables traffic whether coming in and out of the data center, or moving within the data center between applications to be fully protected against malware, APTs and zero-day attacks.

Customers will benefit from:
  • Fully automated advanced threat protection for east-west traffic inside the data center;
  • Dynamic deployment and scale out of Check Point vSEC for software-defined data center environments;
  • Comprehensive threat visibility across all data center traffic.

"Today's dynamic data center environments require fast deployment of applications. This means that security services must keep pace with compute resources," said Scott Clinton, senior director, partner product management, networking and security business unit at VMware. "VMware NSXTM with Check Point vSEC enables our mutual customers to simplify, accelerate and orchestrate Check Point's advanced security services across the software-defined data center."

"Businesses around the globe are increasingly looking to virtualize their environments. When they do that, they need to know that they'll have access to the best cloud and management infrastructure supporting them," said Itai Greenberg, head of product management platforms, data center and cloud security, Check Point Software Technologies. "Through our relationship with VMware, we're able to join their industry-leading virtualization and cloud offerings with our first-class security solutions to empower organizations to operate without fear of data loss or a breach."

"The integration of Check Point vSEC with VMware NSX allows us to have the best of both worlds. Highest levels of security and consistent policy for all data center traffic to protect our client data and scalable micro-segmentation and automated security operations to simplify and accelerate service delivery," said Thomas Wikel, network services supervisor, Physicians Choice Laboratory Services (PCLS).
Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015 7:12 AM by David Marshall
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