Virtualization, with its promises of reduced operating costs, increased flexibility, and environmental benefits, has become a high priority for many organizations. But too often, efforts to fully take advantage of virtual technologies are constrained by security concerns. Traditional network security products can protect the perimeter of virtual networks, but they lack visibility into, and are unable to establish control points within, the virtual infrastructure. Sourcefire overcomes these barriers with a comprehensive virtual network security solution delivering Next-Generation IPS, Application Control, and Next-Generation Firewall capabilities along with a virtual management console.
Sourcefire Virtual Appliances
Sourcefire’s Virtual Appliances extend protection to the far corners of the network, where IT security resources don’t exist or the deployment of physical appliances is impractical (e.g., retail locations, remote offices). The virtual appliances support VMware, Citrix (XEN) and Red Hat (RHEV) virtual environments and provide the capability to inspect VM-to-VM communications, providing the same control and protection as their physical counterparts.
Sourcefire Virtual Defense Center™
Similar in performance to Sourcefire’s physical Defense Center management console, the Sourcefire Virtual Defense Center provides management capabilities for up to 25 physical or virtual appliances. Functionality is identical to Sourcefire’s physical Defense Center appliances, providing aggregation and monitoring of events in a central facility, powerful reports and alerts, a customizable portal-like dashboard, and centralized policy management.
Flexible Deployment Options
The Virtual Appliances and Virtual Defense Center offer complete flexibility in deployment. Virtual Appliances can be deployed as a stand-alone solution protecting the virtual network, or intermingled with physical sensors and Defense Center appliances. Virtual Appliances can be fully controlled by either physical or virtual Defense Centers, and the Virtual Defense Center manages both physical and virtual appliances.
Sourcefire Virtual Defense Center can manage up to 25 physical and/or virtual Sourcefire Appliances.