Running virtual machines is easy. It’s managing and securing them that’s the problem, according to both users and analysts. Check Point Software Technologies thinks it has an answer: the VPN-1 VE (Virtual Edition).
The VPN-1 VE is a VMware-certified virtual application, which is designed to secure VMware virtual servers and applications by making them act as if they were on separate physical servers. While Check Point claims that it’s the “first company to provide unified security management for both physical networks and virtual applications,” the concept is used by other vendors in the still new field of virtualization security. For example, Apani’s EpiForce VM takes a similar approach.
Check Point’s VPN-1 VE will, however, integrate with pre-existing Check Point security infrastructure. This should result with in a significant management saving since administrators will be able to run both virtual and the more usual server and network security tasks from one interface.