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Virtual Security

As I make my push deeper into VMware ESX Server and VirtualCenter, I’m hoping to get a chance to try out Reflex VSA as well. Reflex VSA is, according to the vendor, a virtual security product (emphasis mine).

The excellent blog tipped me off to the press release announcing Reflex VSA. The idea here is to provide security services—such as firewalling, intrusion detection/prevention, and threat detection—within the virtual networking environment created by ESX Server. This would make it possible, for example, to create firewalls between different virtual switches within a single ESX Server host machine. The picture on the product information page for Reflex VSA really says it better than words can describe.

Is this type of product really needed? I don’t know—that’s a valid question. Once I get ESX Server up and running at the office, I plan to request a trial copy of Reflex VSA and see what it really does and how it really works. I’ll post more information here once it’s available.

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