Organizations around the globe have adopted server virtualization. According to Gartner, virtualization has surpassed 70 percent of all x86 server workloads. Based on the proven benefits of virtualization at the server level, organizations have started to also virtualize their networks. Gartner predicts that by the end of 2016, more than 10,000 enterprises worldwide will have deployed Software-defined Networks (SDN), a tenfold increase from end-of-year 2014.
As virtualization adoption expands to include the network layer, organizations still need to enforce the same security, compliance, and governance policies that they do in traditional compute and network environments. This creates a challenge for the traditional perimeter model. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and SDN introduce the separation of the data plane from the control plane. Perimeter controls also sit outside the virtual fabric, which prevents them from visualizing and securing traffic between virtual machines (the so-called east-west traffic). With security threats on the rise and attack techniques becoming more and more sophisticated, securing your virtual infrastructure from within has become a requirement.
Catbird® is a pioneer and leader in software-defined security for virtual infrastructure. Catbird’s software suite of products was designed from the ground up to provide visibility into and protection of private clouds and virtual Data Centers, and is available for both VMware and OpenStack. Catbird software enables organizations to:
* Provide better insight into all VM activity throughout their virtual Data Center or private cloud.
* Plan a move to micro-segmentation or Software-Defined Networking (SDN) in a structured and methodical way.
* Automate security policy enforcement within their virtual fabric.
* Lower operational costs associated with compliance reporting.