Juniper Networks has announced the integration of its vGW Virtual Gateway with its SRX Series Services Gateways to create a comprehensive virtualisation security offering for private and public cloud deployments.
The gateway aims to ease the configuration of increasingly mobile virtual workloads in mixed physical-virtual environments by ensuring that security is maintained and enforced at the individual virtual-machine level.
The product marks the fruits of Juniper's acquisition of long-term networking partner Altor in December 2010.
Juniper said that the release offers a different approach to managing secure cloud-hybrid enterprise architecture by isolating virtual machines and visibility into virtual machine traffic layers.
The SRX-vGW integration contains zone-based smart policy groups that are automatically created on the hypervisor to help network security managers simplify and enforce corporate and regulatory compliance, as well as automated virtual machine compliance assessment based on multiple attributes, the firm said.
Automated security classification and enforcement for new or cloned virtual machines is also included, while the vGW automatically populates virtual machine membership into Juniper SRX Zones or quarantines non-compliant virtual machines, to assist in eliminating administrative errors and reducing risk.
Neil MacDonald, vice president and fellow at Gartner, suggested that, as organisations continue to virtualise their datacentres, workloads of higher sensitivity are being virtualised and the workloads are becoming more mobile.
This challenges traditional datacentre security architectures that rely solely on physical appliance-based enforcement, the analyst explained.
"It is critical to implement a consistent way of defining and managing security policies across physical and virtual machines, and delivering virtualisation-awareness to security policy enforcement points, to reduce the complexity of administration," he said.
Douglas Murray, security business unit senior vice president and general manager at Juniper, added: "Enterprises building private clouds and public cloud service providers need a security solution that is consistent and pervasive across the physical and the virtualised network infrastructure."
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