VMware NSX is a network virtualization and security platform that enables the virtual cloud network, a software-defined approach to networking that extends across data centers, clouds, and application frameworks. NSX Data Center provides a variety of networking elements and services – including firewalls, load balancing, and VPN – implemented as virtualized appliances.
VMware NSX’s native security capabilities, automation, and extensibility framework are leveraged by Check Point to dynamically insert, deploy, and orchestrate advanced security services inside the Software-Defined Data Center to enhance customers’ VMware NSX security.
VMware NSX provides network virtualization, and accomplishes this by taking advantage of network encapsulation. This wraps the network traffic flowing over NSX within protocols that the physical network hardware natively supports (like GRE). However, the physical hardware has no visibility into the actual encapsulated traffic.
NSX gateways are deployed at all connections between the internal virtual network and the physical network. This enables encapsulation to be applied and removed as needed when transitioning from physical to virtual connections and back again.
VMware NSX uses network function virtualization (NFV) to provide a number of benefits, including:
VMware NSX provides full network virtualization in both on-premises and cloud-based environments. This virtualization offers network consistency across cloud platforms and provides a level of visibility that is often lacking in the cloud. Additionally, NSX’s support for segmentation of its virtualized network infrastructure makes it possible to easily define and enforce internal network boundaries, providing more granular traffic visibility and security policy enforcement.
Check Point CloudGuard Network Security provides consistent policy management and enforcement of advanced security protections, is automatically deployed and dynamically orchestrated into software-defined data center environments. CloudGuard leverages the capabilities of VMware NSX to complement and enhance its integrated security capabilities. By integrating with NSX, CloudGuard is able to achieve deeper visibility and provide improved security for public, private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments.
VMware NSX offers an array of integrated security protections. Its virtualization simplifies network segmentation and enforcement of security policies. Check Point CloudGuard Network Security for VMware NSX uses NSX’s capabilities to insert its own advanced threat prevention and multi-layered security protections into cloud environments to further enhance customers’ VMware NSX security.
This provides a number of cloud security benefits, such as:
Check Point and VMware’s partnership makes it easier to secure virtualized environments. To learn more about architecture best practices for VMware NSX security, check out this webinar. To read a customer story, click here or watch the video. You’re also welcome to sign up for a free CloudGuard demo to see its capabilities in action.
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