Ready for Take-Off with Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, and vSphere

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A complex and diverse world Singapore. Etihad. Wow. I always found it impressive when airlines were able to build a business and a brand without a significant domestic customer base to start off from. They instead focus on the global market, which is much more challenging. There is a competitive landscape of many players. There Read more...

Context-Aware Micro-segmentation – Remote Desktop Session Host Enhancements for Citrix

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In a previous post by my colleague, Stijn, discussed the new changes to how NSX for vSphere 6.4 handles Remote Desktop Session Host, RDSH, systems with the Identity-based Firewall and context-aware micro-segmentation. RDSH is an underlying technology from Microsoft that many vendors take advantage of to provide overlay management and application deployment technologies for.  In Read more...

Context-Aware Micro-segmentation – Remote Desktop Session Host Enhancements for VMware Horizon

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In a previous post my colleague, Stijn, discussed the enhancements to how NSX for vSphere 6.4 handles Remote Desktop Session Host, RDSH, systems with the Identity-based Firewall and Context-Aware Micro-segmentation. Remote Desktop Services is an underlying technology from Microsoft that many vendors take advantage of to provide overlay management and application deployment technologies for.  In Read more...

Context-Aware Micro-segmentation – an innovative approach to Application and User Identity Firewall

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Summary: With Context-awareness, NSX for vSphere 6.4 enables customers to enforce policy based on Application and Protocol Identification and expands the Identity Firewall support to Multiple User Sessions. A few weeks ago, VMware released version 6.4 of NSX for vSphere.  The 6.4 release brings many new features, with Context-awareness being key from a security perspective. Read more...

Rapid Micro-segmentation using Application Rule Manager Recommendation Engine

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Customers understand the need for micro-segmentation and benefits it provides to enhance the security posture within their datacenter. However, one of the challenges for a Security admin is how to define micro-segmentation policies for applications owned and managed by application teams. This is even more challenging especially when you have tens or hundreds of unique Read more...

VMware NSX Micro-segmentation – Horizon 7

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Organizations that embark on the journey of building our virtual desktop environments, are taking traditionally external endpoints and bringing them into the data center.  These endpoints are now closer and most times, reside on the same networking infrastructure as the backend application servers that they may access. These endpoints run Windows or even Linux desktop Read more...

Enhancing NSX with Check Point vSEC

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While VMware NSX enables micro-segmentation of the Software Defined Data Center, it mostly polices traffic in layers 3 and 4, with only limited application level (layer 7) support.  Sometimes additional layers of protection are needed for use cases such as Secure DMZ or meeting regulatory compliance requirements like PCI, in which case partner solutions can Read more...

Fortinet FortiGate-VMX and NSX use cases

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NSX is an extensible platform; other vendors security solutions can be added to it by means of the Northbound REST API, and two private APIs: NETX for network introspection, and EPSEC for guest introspection. Fortinet’s FortiGate-VMX solution uses the NSX NETX API to provide advanced layer 4-7 services via service insertion, also called service chaining.  This enables Read more...