January 29, 2013

This week in London is Cisco Live.  We are proud to continue our collaboration with Cisco to significantly enhance the deployment and management of the SecureSphere Web Application Firewall (WAF) in Cisco Nexus 1000V based virtual switching environments.  We think this helps security teams tremendously.

How?  SecureSphere will capitalize on Cisco’s feature rich virtual switching and software-defined networking technologies built into Nexus 1000V – a multi-hypervisor ready virtual switch – and is designed to simplify deployment, maximize uptime, and support live virtual machine migration in virtualized data centers as well as multi-tenant private and provider clouds.

For securing virtualized and cloud environments, customers need defense-in-depth security architecture that demands multiple virtual firewalls, including zone-based firewall, tenant-edge firewall and web application firewall (WAF).  The Imperva SecureSphere WAF, in conjunction with Cisco’s Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) and ASA 1000V cloud firewalls, can offer customers a comprehensive multi-tier virtual firewall solution.  Furthermore, the Cisco Virtual Service Datapath or vPath technology embedded in Cisco Nexus 1000V would enable insertion and deployment of multiple virtual services on a per tenant basis. 

At Cisco Live in London this week, Imperva is demonstrating integration of SecureSphere with the Cisco Nexus 1000V.  What does this mean to customers?  It makes it much easier for organizations to provision Web application security, enabling customers to rapidly on-board and protect new applications and tenants. With support for Cisco’s vPath technology, customers can transparently steer a tenant’s virtualized application traffic to SecureSphere through pre-defined policies and also enable service chaining across multiple virtual network services.  SecureSphere’s vPath awareness would ensure that security policies remain in place even when virtual machines move.  Together, the joint solution simplifies deployment of Web application security in virtualized datacenters.

We believe that more and more companies are virtualizing their data centers. Virtualized environments, just like their non-virtualized counterparts, must be highly secure and available.  This new joint solution, which follows on the heels of our Cisco Nexus 1010/1110 announcement in September, allows Imperva to extend its best-of-breed security, manageability, and flexible deployment options to Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switching environments.

The SecureSphere WAF with Cisco Nexus 1000V vPath support helps customers to:

  • Steer Web traffic through the SecureSphere WAF, even in complex and heterogeneous datacenters with multiple virtual services.
  • Migrate SecureSphere WAF virtual machines to new host machines without impacting application sessions.
  • Maximize application uptime through fail open Web application firewall configuration.

Imperva is hosting a technology preview of the Cisco Nexus interoperability at Cisco Live London starting January 28, 2013. The demonstration showcases the Imperva SecureSphere WAF hosted on the Cisco Nexus 1110 and the SecureSphere WAF interoperating with Cisco Nexus 1000V. Please visit us in booth E1.

You can see Cisco's blog on our collaboration here.

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