Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced that the company is collaborating with VMware to automate and simplify the provisioning and deployment of network security in private clouds. Check Point will make its security protection solutions interoperable with VMware infrastructure.
As today’s data center moves quickly down the path of virtualization, it is important for security to keep pace with virtual environments. Virtualization has greatly increased the speed at which applications can be deployed, and delivers the added benefits of agility and mobility to meet changing business requirements. Network security for virtualized environments must match this speed and agility through automated security management and provisioning, while enabling seamless support for existing security operational processes and policy.
Check Point Virtual Edition (VE) is a unique security solution that provides comprehensive protections and rapid deployment of security services in virtualized environments. By closely aligning Check Point’s security with VMware vSphere® 5.5, organizations will benefit from a fully automated security solution for a VMware virtualized environment. Virtual machines will be safeguarded through the breadth of Check Point’s multi-layered security protections without changing network topology. Additionally, the interoperability of Check Point solutions and VMware vCloud® Suite will enable simplified and automatic virtual application protections.
“As enterprises deploy their network infrastructure in the cloud, having security services be provisioned quickly for these virtual environments is of utmost importance,” said Gabi Reish, vice president of product management at Check Point Software Technologies. “The collaboration with VMware enables strong protection for network security through the evolution of our customers’ virtual environments.”
Available in Q1 2014, the new Check Point VE is just one part of Check Point’s larger cloud and virtualization security strategy, which will bring further interoperability with VMware solutions.
“VMware is delivering virtualization solutions across compute, networking, storage and management designed to help customers accelerate the path to the software-defined data center,” said Hatem Naguib, vice president, networking and security at VMware.
“The new release of Check Point Virtual Edition, when combined with the latest release of vSphere or our new VMware NSX™ network virtualization platform, will offer our customers a simple solution to secure, manage and automate their virtualization and cloud environments..”
Features of the Check Point VE include:
- Interoperability with VMware vSphere 5.1 and 5.5, vCenter Server™, vCloud Suite and VMware NSX™ network virtualization
- Centralized security management for all Check Point virtual and physical security gateways
- Inspection of Inter-VM traffic without changing network topology
- Automated deployment and provisioning of Check Point’s VE gateways
- Automated protection of new virtual machines
- Use of VMware objects in Check Point policy rules
- Constant protection of VMs, regardless of IP address changes
- VM migration without breaking application connectivity
“Check Point is committed to delivering powerful, rapid security deployments for virtualization and cloud infrastructure. Check Point VE brings that network security through the full range of our award-winning Software Blade Architecture,” concluded Reish.
About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd, the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, provides customers with uncompromised protection against all types of threats, reduces security complexity and lowers total cost of ownership. Check Point first pioneered the industry with FireWall-1 and its patented stateful inspection technology. Today, Check Point continues to develop new innovations based on the Software Blade Architecture, providing customers with flexible and simple solutions that can be fully customized to meet the exact security needs of any organization.
Check Point is the only vendor to go beyond technology and define security as a business process. Check Point 3D Security uniquely combines policy, people and enforcement for greater protection of information assets and helps organizations implement a blueprint for security that aligns with business needs. Customers include tens of thousands of organizations of all sizes, including all Fortune and Global 100 companies. Check Point’s award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.
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