Check Point Software Technologies added to its virtual security lineup with new integration with VMware technology.
Check Point Software Technologies is expanding its virtual security
offerings with an eye toward protecting VMware environments.
With Security Gateway Virtual Edition (VE), Check Point has added
integration with VMware's VMsafe technology in a bid to bring
the same level of firewall and intrusion prevention capabilities to
virtual networks that Check Point customers have on physical networks.
"VE is integrated with VMware's VMsafe technology, which provides
visibility down to the kernel," explained Tamir Hardof, product
marketing manager for network security here at Check Point. "This
allows us to do inspection of traffic between virtual machines,
effectively inspecting every packet on every port of the vSwitch."
Security Gateway VE is designed to secure traffic between virtual
machines. Organizations can automatically apply firewall and intrusion
prevention policies to all existing or future virtual machines without
changing the existing network topology or experiencing downtime during
live migration, Check Point said.
Right now, the product only protects VMware environments and not
those of other virtualization vendors such as Citrix. However, Check Point
said it will look to support other environments based on business case
and customer need.
"Protecting the network from external threats and inspecting traffic
in between virtual machines are two primary challenges associated with
securing virtual environments," said Dorit Dor, vice president of
products at Check Point Software Technologies, in a statement.
"With the Security Gateway VE, customers can simplify the
complexities of securing dynamic virtual environments, while leveraging
the same infrastructure and unified management used to protect their
physical networks," he added.
Pricing begins at $2,000 for a virtual system with up to eight cores. It will be available at the end of September.