Palo Alto Networks expands product range, partners with VMware

Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:06am EST
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By Nicola Leske

(Reuters) - Security software maker Palo Alto Networks Inc, which went public in July, is teaming up with VMware Inc to expand its range of security products to virtual machines and networks.

The companies will announce the partnership at a Palo Alto Networks' industry event in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

The Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, which will be integrated with VMware's cloud computing virtualization operating system, vSphere, is aimed at providing network security in virtualized data centers.

Virtual technology allows a single computer to act like many "virtual" machines, thus expanding its capacity to run various types of software and multiple operating systems.

"We are now able to offer a full feature next generation firewall in a virtual machine data center," said Chris King, head of product marketing at Palo Alto Networks.

King added that customers' security policies could now be implemented, even when machines are changing hosts.

"Workloads migrating across physical machines is one of the problems that blows up network security," King said.

Palo Alto Networks sells firewalls to businesses that prevent data breaches and block malware and viruses but has been focused on hardware.   Continued...