Data security firm Certes Networks is expanding its encryption appliance into the virtualisation and cloud service spaces.
The company said that the virtual Certes EnforcementPoint (vCEP) would allow companies to enforce security policies on encrypted traffic through virtual machines.
The vCEP systems, which will be compatible with the company's on-premise appliances, are able to function as virtualised appliances for cloud infrastructures.
By extending the platform into the virtualised space, the company believes that it can help alleviate security and compliance concerns which can often arise when firms look to migrate from on-premise to hosted platforms.
Certes Networks chief marketing officer Jim Doherty told V3 that the vCEP appliances will be aimed at helping firms maintain network traffic security while they move to blend cloud platforms with on-premise infrastructure.
"In any organisation you will see a blending of these different infrastructures that will happen over time," he explained.
"This allows you to secure all of the traffic with a single management solution, all of the policies get managed."
Rather than a traditional encryption approach which relies on encryption tools as the end-point of a network connection, the Certes platform uses a single appliance to apply policies and manage encryption with one set of policies and controls on mulitple layers of traffic.
In a traditional network infrastructure, Certes sees its appliances helping to reduce the lag time from encryption and simplify the management of security and encryption policies.
By moving into the virtualised appliance space, the company believes it can also help to alleviate the challenges posed by attempting to scale traditional VPNs for the massive traffic levels seen by cloud computing services.
"On a standard wide-area network a VPN is difficult and often prohbitively so, but in a cloud network it is a non-starter," Doherty said.
"You can secure the data to the cloud, but once you are in the cloud that tunnel approach does not work."
The company said that the vCEP appliances are currently undergoing beta tests. The platform is scheduled for general release in June.
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