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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 virtualization.info 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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