HP and VMware have announced a partnership to secure virtualised environments and have released the first in a range of products aimed at that market.
The system integrates HP TippingPoint's intrusion prevention system (IPS) with VMware vShield and vCloud Director. The systems can work to monitor the security of virtual servers and make it easier for IT managers to set up unified security policies.
"This partnership will result in much better network security options for the cloud." Michael Callahan, senior director of security product marketing at HP networking said in a statement.
"VMware and vSphere is a wonderful platform and we can monitor network traffic in the virtualised world as we do in the physical world."
The product will be supported by HP services and be priced dependent of which HP and VMware services the client already subscribes to.
"Our customers demand a security solution that is tailored for the new requirements of virtual and cloud environments," said Allwyn Sequeira, chief technology officer at VMware.
"We are pleased to work with HP TippingPoint to optimize today's solutions and collaborate to jointly deliver the next generation of cloud-enabled security."
The industry is certainly ready for better virtualised security. John Stewart, chief security officer for Cisco, said that security had been forgotten in the rush for virtualisation.
"You ask people if they've virtualised their servers the answer is yes," he said.
"Ask them if they've secured their virtualised systems and all too often the answer is no."
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