Remember the days when you had to provision servers manually? All that time and resource devoted to a hugely inefficient and error-strewn IT process. Then server virtualization came along, effectively abstracting the servers from the hardware, and we’ve never looked back. Now new virtualization technologies are appearing to transform other elements of the ICT infrastructure, including storage and networking, as we look to take that next leap forwards to the software defined data center (SDDC).
But just as with those first tentative steps, we need to consider security in the initial planning phase– virtual-aware security should be tightly integrated into the next generation of data center technologies.
The race to the SDDC
The true software defined data center is one in which all infrastructure elements have been virtualized. No longer controlled primarily by hardware and devices, any configurations are now controlled by automated software solutions. With virtualization vendors like VMware leading the charge, that push towards greater agility, efficiency and cost savings is seriously accelerating.
So what’s wrong with the traditional data center? Well, it’s simply not capable of delivering the agility and resource efficiency modern organizations need to stay competitive. Decades of piecemeal investment over the years has left many cobbled together from numerous disparate systems, with security gaps forming in between. Provisioning of network and security for each app must be done manually. It’s time consuming, costly, error prone and completely inadequate considering the dynamic, agile nature of virtual environments.
The next generation
Modern data centers need new tools and platforms like VMware’s NSX, which abstracts networks from the networking hardware, doing for data center networks what ESX did for servers several years ago. Trend Micro is working with VMware to enhance security integration with NSX in several key areas: The entire network model from Layer 2-7 is reproduced in software, to create the following key benefits:
It’s not just about NSX and network virtulization, of course. Other major technological advances supporting the move to modern data center operations include other important integration points with technologies such as VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS); vCenter Operations; and Desktop as a Service. We’ll take a look at those in the weeks to come.
Partnering for the next generation data center
Trend Micro is a longstanding partner of VMware with a remarkable history of joint development and innovation. Back in 2009, Deep Security 7.0 became the first solution supporting introspection of network traffic through the hypervisor, while a year later version 7.5 brought the world’s first fully “agent-less” anti-malware capabilities.
Continuing this remarkable partnership, at VMworld 2014, we will demonstrate Deep Security integration with NSX, pushing our agentless security out across network and file-based security controls for NSX. Deep Security extends the micro-segmentation in NSX by ensuring security policies and capabilities follow each Virtual Machine. This means a customer can run workloads with different security requirements right next to each other with no danger of an inter-VM attack.
Forthcoming capabilities include Deep Security integration through NSX Service Composer to streamline provisioning and deployment; automated workflows for real-time remediation and incident response, and optimized deployment of elastic workloads.
Don’t take our word for it though – come down to VMworld (visit us at booth #1505) and see first-hand how Trend Micro is teaming up with VMware to deliver and secure the 21st century software defined data center.