Mountain View, Calif., February 2, 2010 – InfoExpress, a leading network security solutions provider, today announced the availability of a virtualized version of its CyberGatekeeper Network Access Control (NAC) policy server. Organizations with virtual computing environments can now choose the option of hosting CyberGatekeeper on a virtual server to address their network access control requirements. The CyberGatekeeper virtual NAC policy server establishes what policies need to be enforced based on endpoint assessment, connection method and behavior of the device.
Many companies are embracing virtual computing to streamline operations, reduce costs, and improve service quality. In addition to the reliability and scalability that virtual computing offers, server consolidation, ease of installation and better management are among the advantages of the new virtualized CyberGatekeeper appliance.
One global organization was able to distribute and deploy CyberGatekeeper policy servers to multiple computing facilities spanning three continents in a day.
With the virtual version of CyberGatekeeper, InfoExpress customers can allocate the appropriate resources to meet their needs. For example, an organization with more users in a region can host the virtual appliance on a larger server, while running the CyberGatekeeper virtual appliance with other virtual servers on the same host at smaller regions. If needs change, increasing or decreasing the capacity of a virtual appliance is easy and requires almost no down time.
The benefits of a virtual infrastructure also include greater reliability and easy disaster recovery. Virtual environments offer control over backup and restore processes, and can quickly restart failed systems.
Because most of the CyberGatekeeper NAC enforcement methods are out of band, CyberGatekeeper is better suited for virtual computing than in-line NAC appliances that need to be deployed closer to routers and switches.
“By offering CyberGatekeeper as a virtual appliance, we are able to give customers the opportunity to save money and provide better service,” said Stacey Lum, CEO of InfoExpress.