Cisco, NetApp, VMware team up on virtualization security

New project focuses on isolating applications sharing physical network, server and storage infrastructure

Cisco, NetApp and VMware Tuesday announced a project to improve the security of virtualization deployments, with a focus on isolating applications that use the same physical network, server and storage resources in multi-tenant systems.

The companies are providing clients a “secure multi-tenancy design architecture,” an 80-page document that details how to safely deploy virtualized applications with products from the three companies, and are introducing a cooperative support model to make it easier for customers to resolve problems.

The “pre-tested and validated” design architecture is for customers who have deployed the Cisco Unified Computing System; Cisco Nexus Switches; NetApp FAS storage with MultiStore software, which creates logical partitions within a storage system; and VMware’s vSphere virtualization software with vShield, another tool that creates secure, logical partitions in virtual systems.

System integrators and channel partners will also be able to use the design to sell stacks of hardware and software composed of the technology from all three companies.

Although this announcement does not include any new technology, representatives of the vendors said it can be difficult for customers to link the Cisco, NetApp and VMware products together in a way that protects them from dangers that crop up in multi-tenant environments. If configured properly, applications and associated data can be isolated between business units, customers, departments or specified “security zones.”

“We see this as applicable for both enterprises and cloud service providers,” says NetApp chief marketing officer Jay Kidd. Any IT shop building a highly virtualized, shared infrastructure at a large scale wants to isolate applications from each other to limit security risks and downtime, he said.

VMware is owned by storage company EMC, but it’s not shocking that VMware is partnering with NetApp, says Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Mark Bowker. NetApp “is successful in the virtualization market as well, so it’s no surprise,” he says.

Although the design architecture is limited to deployments involving Cisco, NetApp and VMware, Bowker said it could prove helpful to companies pursuing extensive virtualization projects.

“Having big vendors like this work together will help ease that transition to move business critical and mission critical applications” to virtualized servers, he said.

With the new, cooperative support model, customers that have implemented the reference design architecture can call any one of the three vendors when there is a problem. The vendor that receives the initial call will take the lead, but all three companies will work together to resolve the problem. The cost of support will remain the same.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags VMwareciscovirtualisationnetapp

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jon Brodkin

Network World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?