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Altor Networks unveils new virtual firewall application

A new firewall with intrusion detection

By CBR Staff Writer

Altor Networks, a provider of virtualisation and cloud security applications, has unveiled Altor VF 3.0, a new virtual firewall with intrusion detection.

The company states that the new virtual firewall would be integrated with VMware’s VMsafe network APIs in fast-path mode, where security inspections are processed in the hypervisor kernel. As a result, customers deploying the new virtual firewall would achieve enhanced throughput compared to that of virtual firewalls running in a virtual machine.

Amir Ben-Efraim, CEO of Altor Networks, said: “The Altor VF 3.0 exceeds the most stringent enterprise requirements for defense-in-depth in the virtual and internal cloud environment, without compromising any of the performance, reliability and flexibility benefits offered by virtualization.”

According to Altor, security policy is applied at an individual-VM level and enforcement of this policy occurs within the kernel. VMs are protected without requiring security agents on the guest, complicated network reconfigurations, or performance degrading remapping of network flows.

The company also said that the new virtual firewall offers ‘defence-in-depth’ with virtual-aware intrusion detection for up-to-date protection against threats with a security-signature update service.


Reportedly, purpose-built for the virtual environment, the new virtual firewall enables secure usage of virtualisation features such as vMotion, and provides administration and integration with vCenter.

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