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Juniper Networks Extends Cloud Computing Defense Platform with Anti-Virus Protections

August 30, 2011 by  

Web Hosting ToolboxSUNNYVALE, CA – At VMworld® 2011, Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) introduced significant additions to the Juniper Networks® vGW Virtual Gateway solution for customers looking for a comprehensive virtualization security platform. New functionalities will provide virtualization-specific antivirus (AV) protections and continuous monitoring against malware and hackers, while simultaneously ensuring that security does not impede virtualized workload performance or present a barrier to implementing large-scale virtualized environments.

Added to vGW Virtual Gateway version 5.0 are increased protection, scalability and compliance features for virtualized workloads. vGW 5.0 integrates monitoring, firewall, intrusion detection and compliance capabilities with new layers of defenses including antivirus protection, hypervisor compliance monitoring, and large-scale virtualization security management capabilities, making it a universal threat management (UTM) solution for cloud computing.

“Businesses have a lot to gain from optimizing their data center operations through virtualization, and security concerns should not impede those potentially huge cost savings,” said Douglas Murray, senior vice president and general manager, security business unit at Juniper Networks. “The latest version of our vGW Series not only enhances security protections without compromising capacity, but enables scalable management across global virtualized environments with multiple data centers.”

“Juniper provides an innovative solution to integrate physical and virtual network security at scale with VGW Virtual Gateway and the SRX series” Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “With vGW 5.0 Virtual Gateway, Juniper provides a tightly-integrated virtual solution for defense-in-depth protection and centralized security management.”

The vGW 5.0 antivirus feature secures VMs against resident malware and other programs designed to hide in files and VMs in order to disrupt business or rob organizations of mission-critical information. The vGW 5.0 AV protections can detect the malware or viruses and quarantine the infected files or infected guest VMs themselves.

The vGW 5.0 antivirus engine provides optional on-demand scanning so that administrators can scan VMs offline at optimal off peak times when network resource use is low. The vGW 5.0 virtualization-specific approach to AV offers numerous scanning options, allowing organizations to cost-effectively optimize their antivirus protections for performance and intelligent scanning. The net effect is optimal VM host performance even when what is traditionally CPU and RAM-intensive AV security is turned on.

About Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks is in the business of network innovation. From devices to data centers, from consumers to cloud providers, Juniper Networks delivers the software, silicon and systems that transform the experience and economics of networking. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks.

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