June 11, 2012

Imperva is proud to announce that it is collaborating with Cisco to host Imperva’s virtual WAF on the Cisco Nexus 1010-X virtual services appliance.  This joint solution will streamline deployment and management of the SecureSphere Web Application Firewall (WAF) in virtualized data centers.  

Today, SecureSphere WAF physical appliance is deployed by network/security teams.  However, deploying SecureSphere as a virtual machine requires that network/security administrator have access to VM management tools – to install the virtual appliance as a VM, upgrade SW and its overall lifecycle management.  This can have implications in terms of segregation of duties processes established in IT environments, for meeting compliance and audit requirements as well as to implement security controls.  Additionally, when the WAF virtual appliance is deployed with virtual workloads, CPU capacity planning must occur as VMs share the server’s CPU resources. Our joint solution is designed to provide the following customer benefits:

  • Respect separation of duties between the network/security administrators and virtualization administrators as network/security team does not need access to VM management tools
  • Offload security processing from virtual server clusters to the dedicated Cisco Nexus 1010-X appliance. 

Hosting SecureSphere on the appliance eases the deployment of networking and security services in a virtual environment. The Cisco N1010-X also includes high availability features such as restart-on-failure and device management tools that help maximize uptime and improve operations. As a dedicated hardware platform, the Cisco N1010-X will have minimal impact on the performance or the availability of virtual server clusters.  This solution is designed to enable organizations with virtual server environments to quickly deploy the SecureSphere Web Application Firewall on Cisco N1010-X without needing to re-architect their virtual server environment.

With virtual SecureSphere WAF hosted on Cisco Nexus 1010-X, customers continue to enjoy the benefits of protecting web applications and meeting PCI 6.6 compliance requirements while simultaneously simplifying deployment and lifecycle management in virtualized data centers.

 Availability of this join solution will be available in the fourth quarter of 2012.


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