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Virtualization: Virtual StoneGate Security Solution Bridges Physical and Virtual Worlds

Centrally Managed Virtual Security Solution Ensures Network Security

Stonesoft introduced a comprehensive StoneGate Security Solution for VMware virtual environments. The first virtual appliance, StoneGate Firewall/VPN, protects the network and ensures resilient connectivity in both virtual and physical network environments. The virtual StoneGate Security Solution contains unified management and multiple deployment possibilities, allowing organizations to reduce the costs and environmental impact in their IT infrastructure.

“The StoneGate Security Solution for VMware virtual environments stands out through its flexible deployment possibilities and advanced manageability,” said Mark Boltz, Senior Solutions Architect at Stonesoft. “Whereas regular, hardware-based firewalls only work with physical networks, the StoneGate virtual Firewall/VPN appliance, as well as other virtual StoneGate appliances, can be deployed in both virtual and physical network environments. In addition, all virtual StoneGate appliances can be managed from the same centralized management console as the other components in the network security solution. This brings organizations significant cost savings, flexibility and sustainability.”

Virtual appliances provide organizations with enhanced manageability and flexibility in virtual environments as they make it easy to create new, or delete redundant, machines. In addition, they help organizations to reduce the environmental burden of their IT infrastructure through improved energy-efficiency and reductions in the need for server room space and hardware equipment. As one of the few providers of software-based security solutions, Stonesoft is uniquely positioned to help organizations of all sizes secure their virtual IT infrastructures.

The virtual StoneGate Firewall/VPN appliance functions like a regular physical network firewall – but protecting the servers in the virtual network by preventing attacks and securing data communications with Virtual Private Networks (VPN). The appliance can be used both in virtual and physical network environments.

StoneGate Security Solution for virtual environments is particularly attractive for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), enabling them to manage several customer networks and appliances with just one server. In addition, the virtual appliances can be installed at any location in the virtual networks, so they can be used to protect the traffic between consolidated servers in virtual environments. With StoneGate Management Center, the organizational security policy can be consistently enforced in both the virtual and physical network environments.

In addition to launching its virtualization offerings, Stonesoft has become a member of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) Program.

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