HP and VMware have recently announced their intention to collaborate on developing and marketing next-generation intrusion prevention system (IPS) solutions, designed and optimised for VMware vSphere-based virtual and cloud environments.

Extending HP’s Converged Infrastructure strategy, the collaboration is designed to build on the success of the existing HP TippingPoint IPS solution for VMware vSphere deployments, taking current integrations to new levels.
The companies aim to advance customer protection by integrating HP TippingPoint IPS with VMware vShield and VMware vCloud Director.
Integrating the products will help enable pervasive security in the cloud by delivering unified security management, and by automating the processes of scanning, identifying threats and blocking attacks.
As a result, security policies will become easier to maintain, while delivering greater protection for traditional, virtualised and cloud infrastructure.
“With the growth of virtualisation and cloud computing, security requirements have never been more complex and critical to our clients,” says Graham Vorster, HP networking country manager, South Africa.
“Building upon HP’s global strategic alliance with VMware, this expanded relationship is designed to deliver additional innovative security technology for a converged infrastructure, providing protection that is automatic and seamless for our clients.”
The companies also announced they are jointly marketing a hardware and software solution that combines HP TippingPoint vController with VMware vShield App and Edge protection to simplify enterprise security.
The HP TippingPoint IPS vController and VMware vShield solution is a comprehensive firewall and IPS security offering that protects across physical and virtual environments.
The combined solution enables customers to deploy security policies that automatically adapt to changes to virtual environments, such as introducing a new virtual machine. It offers continuous protection of both the physical and virtual landscape from a single, integrated offering.
Additionally, the solution incorporates increased intrusion protection intelligence from HP’s security research and development organisation Digital Vaccine Labs (DVLabs), delivering filters that guard against the industry’s latest malicious attacks on an ongoing basis.
The HP TippingPoint IPS vController and VMware vShield solution will be demonstrated live at the RSA Conference 2011 in San Francisco.
“Our customers demand a security solution that is tailored for the new requirements of virtual and cloud environments,” says Allwyn Sequeira, chief technology officer and VP, Security and Networking Solutions, VMware.
“We are pleased to work with HP TippingPoint to optimise today’s solutions and collaborate to jointly deliver the next generation of cloud-enabled security.