The University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions in the U.S., and its Financial Information Systems (FIS) team is committed to delivering the highest level of technical support, instruction and service to enhance individual and organizational performance. The FIS provides value through the strategic use of people, processes and technology, hosting 150 servers that support approximately 700 university staff.
The FIS department embarked upon a virtualization project in 2008 with the goal of provisioning machines quickly without having to worry about hardware lead time or security. Virtualization is meant to improve agility and scalability, and security should not hamper this progress. However, when organizations migrate to virtual data centers, they often face management and performance challenges, and cloud transitions can also be hindered by piecemeal solutions.
Before partnering with Trend Micro, the University of Pittsburgh had multiple anti-virus, intrusion prevention systems and file integrity monitoring providers. With the previous set up, too many hours were spent sifting through report data from multiple vendors to determine if a security event had occurred.
The University chose to utilize Trend Micro Deep Security due to its breadth of both file and network-based security controls in a single platform, increasing efficiency in scope and performance by managing all security events, policies and controls from one central location. Defense in depth is a well-accepted approach to security in which multiple layers of security controls are placed throughout an IT system. Deep Security utilizes this model to inspect traffic into and leaving virtual machines on both the network and the host. It also solves provisioning concerns by immediately securing new VMs as they are added.General benefits of using Deep Security with VMware include:
The University of Pittsburgh then supplemented its virtual network by using VMware NSX. Deep Security’s integration with NSX enables deployment and management automation, which further improves operational efficiency.
Deep Security is designed for virtualized environments, driving optimization in both performance and throughput, and enabling customers like the University of Pittsburgh to run more efficient and effective virtual data centers.
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