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Intel unveils security controller for software defined data centres

Designed to protect physical, virtualised and cloud environments
Wed Aug 27 2014, 14:50
Intel Security is a re-brand of McAfee

INTEL HAS REVEALED the first product from its Intel Security unit, a programmable security controller designed to be deployed in physical, virtualised and cloud environments in software defined data centre infrastructures.

Scheduled to become available later this year, the security controller has been created by the McAfee security subsidiary of Intel and is the first time the semiconductor maker has developed a technology that favours its own McAfee technologies over that of rival security vendors.

Intel bought McAfee for a stonking $7.68bn in 2010 and dropped the McAfee brand name earlier this year, rebranding the unit with the not so imaginative name "Intel Security".

The security controller is deployed as a virtual machine inside data centres and acts as a broker between security software and infrastructure. It's made specifically to protect environments running NSX software from VMware.

"The Intel Security Controller enables dynamic policy synchronisation, provisioning, protection and remediation," said Intel. "[It] works with existing management applications to help IT teams and service providers maximise security infrastructure investments."

The move is part of Intel's larger effort to expand its presence in the data centre and become a central player in the growing software defined data centre (SDDC) movement. As part of the announcement, Intel Security also strengthened its server security suites to better manage virtual environments and added connectors to Amazon Web Services, VMware's vSphere Openstack and Microsoft Azure, as well as features to manage virtual appliances.

Intel said its security controller will be available for beta testing in September and is aimed at customers using the Intel Security, former McAfee, Virtual Network Security Platform.

The Intel Security Controller will also include support for Openstack by mid-2015. µ


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