SOURCE: Reflex Systems, Inc.

Reflex Systems, Inc.

August 26, 2009 08:01 ET

Reflex Systems Announces VMware VMsafe Certification for Reflex VMC

Reflex First to Complete Certification for Third-Party Solutions

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - August 26, 2009) - Reflex Systems, the pioneer in virtualization management, compliance and security, today announced that Reflex Virtualization Management Center (VMC) is the first third-party solution to be certified by VMware for VMsafe™, VMware's hypervisor-embedded security solution for ISV partners.

Since VMsafe applications are embedded in the hypervisor, VMware's certification program ensures that third-party software does not adversely affect the functionality of the vSphere v4 platform. The certification also verifies that a VMsafe solution does not impact the performance of the hypervisor. Solutions that pass the certification are tested for their interaction and compatibility with all of vSphere v4's major features and functionality.

"With Reflex VMC's VMsafe certification, VMware has declared that our industry-leading virtualization management and security solution is fully compatible and integrated at the kernel-level with their hypervisor," said Hezi Moore, CTO of Reflex Systems. "Customers can now be assured that VMC is completely compatible with vSphere v4."

"As virtual environments and technologies continue to take an increasingly large role in data centers, certification with this level of integration between technologies becomes critical for improving performance and ensuring continuity of operations," said Andrew Braunberg, Research Director, Enterprise Networks and Security for Current Analysis. "By achieving this level of certification with the industry's leading server virtualization platform, companies like Reflex can extend their capabilities and provide customers real value-added services to manage and secure their virtual infrastructure."

Reflex VMC with vTrust utilizes VMware's VMsafe API to deliver a more granular level of visibility and control into communication within the VMware virtual environment. vTrust allows more sophisticated segmentation (virtual trust zones), policy enforcement as well as monitoring, filtering and control of VM-to-VM traffic. Additional features include asset classification, virtual trust zones, dynamic network control, and adaptive roaming policies that move with assets regardless of physical location, or network connection. Reflex's relationship with VMware enables the company to leverage VMware VMsafe technology to enforce network policies through a module embedded in the hypervisor in VMware vSphere 4.

vTrust features in Reflex VMC include the following:

--  Dynamic Policy Enforcement and Management -- VMsafe-certified,
    hypervisor embedded, enforcement of critical business, IT infrastructure
    and security policies. Rules governing zone to zone, VM to VM, and VM to
    the physical environment are generated dynamically on the fly based on high
    level policy definition. Policies adapt to the environment and move with
    the virtual assets (virtual machines, virtual network, group of VMs, hosts,
    clusters, vLAN, etc.) regardless of location, type of network connection,
    or type of virtual switch.
--  Policy Extends into the Cloud -- vTrust can facilitate and automate
    the use of cloud and IaaS services by providing a cloud API that enables
    enterprises and hosting/cloud solution providers to secure individual
    virtualization resources in the cloud.
--  Virtual Segmentation -- create trust zones by partitioning shared
    resources with specific business and security policies for each zone.
    vTrust supports overlapping zones (VMs that belong to more than one zone),
    shared resources, and zones within zones.
--  Virtual Datacenter Automation -- Automate data center operations by
    defining rules and setting policy across the virtual infrastructure.
--  Virtual Software Asset Management -- track and monitor installed
    software applications, without using an agent or network scan, to provide
    vital information about the software installed on VMs such as version,
    install date, patch level, etc.
--  Virtual Quarantine -- enforce data center policy when VMs are
    provisioned (VMs must meet certain criteria to be allowed on the network)
    providing isolation of assets that do not meet policy. Easily detect rogue
    or unauthorized guests or virtual machines which do not meet regulatory or
    compliance requirements.
--  Virtual Networking Policies -- create and enforce a DMZ, block
    specific kinds of network traffic between virtual machines (P2P, IM, FTP,
    etc.), ensure only specific protocols are used on specific ports or
    networks, etc.
--  (VQL) Virtualization Query Language -- natural and structured query
    language used to define policy and zones, allowing virtual infrastructure
    to dynamically adapt to changing needs without requiring a change to the
    policies. VQL enables virtualization administrators to quickly query the
    virtual infrastructure "on the fly" for any type of information in the past
    or present. VQL also serves as a third-party integration point.
--  Classification & vmTagging (Virtual Meta Tagging) -- VMC primarily
    recognizes classification of objects by inherent properties of the
    individual virtual assets. Virtual assets may also be classified or tagged
    by administrator-defined properties such as line-of-business, type of
    application, organization, geographic location, operating system, patch
    level, or any other taxonomy as required by business processes. Virtual
    classification and tagging is also genetic, enabling clones of virtual
    assets to automatically inherit policy from parents.

About Reflex

Reflex Systems is the industry leader in virtualization management, security and compliance. Reflex VMC (Virtualization Management Center) dramatically increases the visibility, management and security of an organization's virtual infrastructure. Purpose-built on a strong security foundation, VMC provides the essential tools needed to enforce dynamic infrastructure policy in virtualized data centers. Reflex VMC provides infrastructure discovery and visualization, timeline-based management, application/services discovery, network security, performance, lifecycle management and dynamic policy enforcement. Reflex VMC supports VMware's ESX server, Citrix's XenServer, and Microsoft's Hyper-V virtual server environments. Reflex Systems is based in Atlanta, Georgia and is privately held. For more information, including a trial download of Reflex VMC, visit Follow Reflex at and The vCurve Blog:

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