Here at Trend Micro we take great pride in our industry partnerships. We’ve been able over the years to team up with some of the world’s leading IT vendors to build out truly transformative and impactful solutions. Citrix is one of our most trusted partners – a company whose virtualization and cloud solutions perfectly intersect with Trend Micro’s ongoing mission to secure our customers’ journey to the cloud.
We’re delighted to announce that our market leading Deep Security and SecureCloud platforms will support the latest version of Citrix CloudPlatform, version 4.2. Customers are already benefiting from the partnership, and here’s why.
What’s new in CloudPlatform 4.2?
CloudPlatform is exactly what the name suggests – an open source platform which allows large enterprises and cloud service providers to build out public, private and hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds. Powered by Apache CloudStack, the unified platform is application centric, enabling it to orchestrate cloud-native workloads such as big data apps as well as enterprise workloads like CRM and ERP.
New to version 4.2 are significant VMware integration such as support for dynamic scaling of CPU and memory on running VMs, as well as dvSwitch and PVLAN networking support for VMware switching and VM isolation on the same network.
Large enterprise customers will find their private cloud efforts enhanced with a new feature to group cloud infrastructure layer and virtual machine resources into different isolation levels.
For service providers there’s the ability to deliver Amazon S3-like object storage and create advanced cloud networking configurations and Network-as-a-Service offerings, among other features.
Securing CloudPlatform: the Trend Micro difference
For any large organization or service provider looking to run cloud platforms, security must be a key consideration. Virtual and cloud platforms create their own unique cyber security challenges, exacerbated by the fact that organizations often mistakenly think these environments can be secured like their regular physical IT systems. You can be sure the bad guys are only too ready and able to exploit any such weaknesses.
Trend Micro Deep Security is a comprehensive “virtual aware” security platform designed to protect datacenter and cloud workloads from data breaches and business disruptions. Integrating with the SecureCloud encryption solution, it offers large enterprises some turbo-powered features to protect their CloudPlatform environments, whilst also appealing to service providers keen to upsell value-added services to their customers.
Here are just a few examples:
- Deep Security’s architecture has been specifically designed to work differently to traditional AV solutions in order to minimize resource consumption. This means firms can improve system performance and reduce memory allocation per VM by avoiding the AV storms which occur when scans or updates initiate simultaneously across all VMs.
- Deep Security creates “self-defending” VMs regardless of where they are, thus fortifying them against inter VM attacks, and includes virtual patching capabilities to deal with instant-on gaps and zero day threats.
- Integrates with SecureCloud, Trend Micro’s key management system which offers the ability to encrypt sensitive information in cloud and virtual environments. Using it together with Deep Security means IT managers can validate that servers have up-to-date security before releasing encryption keys. Encrypting data in the public cloud is a must, but is also important for private clouds, especially for firms in heavily regulated industries, and can make moving data between cloud vendors less risky.
Specifically for CloudPlatform service provider customers:
- Deep Security (integrated with SecureCloud) has a multi-tenant architecture which enables service providers to offer customers a secure public cloud, isolated from other tenants. It also means greater scalability and per customer log-ins for self-management, where requested.
- Deep Security / SecureCloud have been validated by external Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) to meet customers’ strict compliance requirements and therefore help CSPs differentiate their services in an increasingly crowded market.
- Web Service APIs allow tighter integration with third party systems.
- Flexible license management and white label options to fit in with Service Provider business models
- “Trend Ready” program can help validated CSPs promote the security of their CloudPlatform services even more.
- All of the above features will be a great way for service providers to upsell value added security capabilities to their cloud customers.