Fortinet (News - Alert), a provider of high-performance network management and security solutions, has expanded its virtual security ecosystem, offering support for Windows Server Hyper-V and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization infrastructure.
The company has announced VMware and Windows Server Hyper-V support for its FortiGate-VM, FortiAnalyzer-VM and FortiManager-VM virtual appliances and added KVM support for its FortiGate-VM virtual appliance.
With new enhancements, Fortinet's virtual security ecosystem delivers critical security services between virtual machine instances. The solution delivers centralized management of virtualized and physical infrastructures through a "single pane of glass" approach to management.
Recently, Fortinet demonstrated a proof-of-concept integration with VMware's recently announced NSX network virtualization platform that delivers security policy enforcement of communication across and between physical and logical workloads.
Fortinet also announced its FortiGate-VM virtual appliance received Common Criteria EAL 4+ certification for its intrusion detection, application firewall and general firewall performance. EAL 4+ is the highest level of certification a network security vendor can receive in the category of network firewall.
"Windows Server includes powerful functionality that helps our customers transform their IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a new level of business value," said Brian Hillger, director of Server and Tools Marketing at Microsoft (News - Alert).
"With Windows Server and Fortinet's security ecosystem, our joint customers can deploy an industry-leading solution with confidence that their virtualized infrastructures are more secure,” Hillger added.
The virtual security ecosystem is ideal for data centers, MSSPs, cloud service providers and enterprises building out private cloud infrastructures.
By adding support for Windows Server Hyper-V and KVM, along with support for Citrix and VMware, Fortinet now provides security support for the largest number of hypervisor platforms on the market today, analysts said.
With this support, the company gives customers assurances that whichever virtualization platform they choose, a comprehensive security offering is available for their virtualized infrastructure of choice, Chris Rodriguez, senior industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert), further explained.
Edited by Alisen Downey