The security vendor Altor Networks released yesterday version 2.0 of its Virtual Firewall (VF).
This new version is able to write the security policies using the virtual machines UUIDs rather then their ever-changing IP addresses.
Additionally VF 2.0 monitors traffic to/from the weakest par of any VMware Infrastructure: the ESX COS.
Overall the company is doing a good job in the integration with the VMware platform (the new installation wizard is really easy to use) but the key part of this integration is still missing: the support for the VMsafe APIs.
VMware is taking forever (so far it’s one year) to release the long-awaited security interface so Altor Networks and its competitors can’t do much more than what they already do to differentiate themselves from a traditional security vendor that distributes and supports its products inside a virtual machine.
virtualization.info already covered this topic several times.
The good news is that Altor Networks is working closely with VMware and is ready to release a VMsafe-friendly Virtual Firewall as soon as it will be possible.
Maybe we’ll be lucky and vSphere 4.0 will appear at VMworld Europe 2009 next week.