The VM-Series supports the exact same next-generation firewall and advanced threat prevention features available in our physical form factor appliances, allowing you to safely enable applications flowing into, and across your private, public and hybrid cloud computing environments.
Automation features such as VM monitoring, dynamic address groups and a REST-based API allow you to proactively monitor VM changes dynamically feeding that context into security policies, thereby eliminating the policy lag that may occur when your VMs change.
As your organization embraces virtualization and cloud initiatives, your networking, security and virtualization teams have two alternatives when it comes to protecting the resident mission critical applications and data from modern cyber threats. The first alternative is to ignore security all together, not because it is unnecessary, but because security policy deployment cannot keep pace with the rate of virtualization changes, often times lagging weeks behind. The second alternative is to implement traditional security technologies that are port-bound, which means they lack the ability to identify and control applications and they are ineffective at blocking today’s modern attacks. Neither of these alternatives address the critical requirements you need to protect your virtualized environments. Key requirements for virtualized security include:
- Support the same next-generation firewall features across both physical and virtual form factors
- Automate the deployment of next-generation firewalls and policies across a range of virtualization environments
- Isolate and segment mission critical applications and data following Zero Trust principles
- Stop cyber threats from moving laterally in an east-west manner
- Deliver centralized visibility and policy management for both physical and virtual form factors
The Palo Alto Networks® VM-Series combines next-generation firewall security and advanced threat prevention to protect your virtualized environments from advanced cyber threats. Native automation tools such as virtual machine (VM) monitoring and Dynamic Address Groups monitor VM additions, removals and attribute changes to help eliminate any security policy lag as your VMs change.