HP Strengthens Security Across Physical and Virtual Environments

Published July 18th, 2010 - 05:10 GMT

HP announced new high-performance security solutions designed to prevent network breaches in a Converged Infrastructure by delivering comprehensive data protection across both physical and virtual environments.

The new offerings bring enhanced security to HP FlexFabric, the company's high-performance, flexible and secure data center networking fabric for a Converged Infrastructure. As organizations move to more virtualized and converged infrastructures, the importance of security is increased. Virtualized environments and their applications are subject to the same threats that impact traditional data centers.

While many virtual machines (VM) are hosted on a single server, one security breach can have a disastrous impact. As a result, when organizations accelerate the migration of production workloads and mission-critical assets to a virtualized environment, security requirements must become a strategic element of these plans.

"A growing number of organizations in the Middle East are keen on adopting solutions that can reduce overall security costs while simplifying the complexity of their network security. The new converged network offerings from HP Networking addresses these issues. It offers companies a secure and flexible data centre protection across both physical and virtual environments," said Alaa AlShimy, Director, HP Networking, HP MEMA

The HP TippingPoint Secure Virtualization Framework (SVF) is a suite of products designed to help prevent network threats from impacting virtualized environments. The TippingPoint Virtual Controller (vController), the first product introduced under the SVF, extends TippingPoint security protection from physical to virtual networks by routing it through an HP TippingPoint N-Platform Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) appliance. The vController prevents security attacks by inspecting all VM traffic as it moves through the network – either between VMs or from VMs to traditional servers.

HP also has expanded its security product line with the introduction of the new HP TippingPoint Reputation Digital Vaccine service (Rep DV). Rep DV ensures that customer-deployed IPS solutions have the most current and accurate list of malicious or suspicious websites and blocks traffic to or from these sites automatically. The list of sites is updated every two hours and powered by HP's DVLabs, the industry-leading security research and development organization that, through its community of researchers, partners and customers, has been credited with discovering more security vulnerabilities than any other lab in the industry.

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