Cisco rolls out new security solutions for data centers

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[/caption] The virtualization and cloud mega trend is forcing profound shifts within data centers, affecting everything from IT services to business models to architectures, the company said. ?If addressed properly, these trends offer business benefits such as reduced capital investments, new revenue growth and the greater efficiency, agility and scalability demanded by globalization,? it noted. Operating under the principle that security must be integrated across the network to ensure protection of unified data centers, Cisco said network policies must be unified across physical and virtual worlds, intra-virtual machine communication should be secured, and access to applications by wired and mobile clients must be protected. The security approach has become imperative as customers look to make the migration to cloud and a more flexible device-agnostic corporate culture. Cisco said its latest product developments support such an approach. Christopher Young, senior vice president and general manager of security and government group at Cisco, said that for enterprises to confidently seize the business benefits offered by data center virtualization and the cloud, security must be seen as the art of the possible, not as a hindrance. ?As with the rest of your network, we make consistent security a deployment decision that enables policies to work throughout hybrid environments ? physical, virtual, and cloud ? and enables data center professionals to deliver IT as a service with a high degree of security without impeding network performance,? Young said. The new offerings include scalable software for the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) line; virtualized ASA for multi-tenant environments; a data-center-grade intrusion prevention system (IPS); and new improvements to the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client to meet the stringent requirements of a more mobile and productive workforce.]]>

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