SOURCE: Tripwire, Inc.

February 26, 2008 06:05 ET

Tripwire Brings Advanced Security and Compliance Capabilities to VMware Virtualized Environments

With Tripwire Enterprise for VMware ESX Server, Enterprises Achieve and Maintain a Known, Trusted State Across Virtual Infrastructure

CANNES, FRANCE--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - Tripwire, Inc., the leading provider of configuration audit and control solutions, today announced the availability of a new agentless solution to help IT organizations ensure the security and compliance of VMware environments -- Tripwire Enterprise for VMware ESX Server. VMware ESX Server is the hypervisor product within VMware Infrastructure, the market-leading virtualization software suite.

This new agentless product for VMware ESX Server provides continuous compliance to operational, regulatory and security standards. Tripwire for VMware ESX Server does so through out-of-the-box and custom configuration assessment policies that allow customers to proactively manage their configurations. Tripwire uniquely marries these policies with the ability to detect changes to their infrastructure that are not in compliance with security policies to ensure control of all configuration changes across the hypervisor.

Growth of VMware virtualization in the data center means that IT is looking for ways to manage this growth and apply industry best-practices to their systems. According to Neil MacDonald at the Gartner 26th Annual Data Center Conference, "Like their physical counterparts, most security vulnerabilities will be introduced through misconfiguration and mismanagement." He recommended to the audience, "Define your VM standards; baseline secure configuration; and test against this over time."(1)

With today's announcement, Tripwire can help VMware customers make their virtual infrastructures comply with internal standards as well as auditor requirements for given regulations. Moreover, Tripwire specifically provides IT organizations with Center for Internet Security (CIS) VMware policies to provide additional security when configuring the hypervisor. Tripwire Enterprise powers IT compliance by assessing configurations across the VMware virtualized data center for policy compliance, providing an analysis of any unexpected variance. Tripwire continually audits changes to VMware ESX Server to ensure configurations to remain in known, trusted states.

"As customers move their critical applications from physical environments to VMware virtualized infrastructures, they are also looking for ways to further improve the operation and management of their systems and easily keep them compliant with operational and regulatory policies," said Brian Byun, vice president of global partners and solutions at VMware. "We are excited about this product from Tripwire, which we believe reinforces the attractiveness of the VMware platform for running important applications in secure, compliant environments."

Tripwire Enterprise increases visibility of configuration changes to VMware Infrastructure, even providing a historic state of the infrastructure for audit purposes. This powerful pair allows IT to realize the benefits of VMware virtualization while increasing the speed of root cause analysis and remediation, resulting in increased consistency and reliability across IT infrastructure.

Tripwire Enterprise for VMware ESX Server

VMware customers are now able to actively manage compliance to regulatory, security and operational standards within VMware ESX Server with Tripwire Enterprise. A comprehensive solution for configuration audit and control of environments virtualized by VMware software, Tripwire couples configuration assessment with change auditing, providing IT with the ability to achieve a known and compliant state, and keep it there and provide audit history. This new agentless product provides customers with CIS-certified VMware benchmarks that provide policy-based control over the configuration and activation of virtual machines, ensuring enterprise control over virtual machines, and enhancing the dynamic nature of VMware virtualized environments.

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(1) How to Securely Implement Virtualization, Gartner 26th Annual Data Center Conference, Las Vegas, NV November 27-30, 2007

About Tripwire, Inc.

Tripwire, Inc. is the recognized leader of configuration audit and control solutions, serving over 6,000 enterprises worldwide. As the first in the industry to combine configuration assessment with configuration change auditing, Tripwire helps IT organizations automate compliance across the data center, reducing risk and increasing operational efficiency. Tripwire ensures the organization achieves continuous operational, regulatory and security compliance, helping IT achieve and maintain a known, trusted and compliant system state. Tripwire is headquartered in Portland, Ore. with offices in the UK, Australia and Japan. For more information visit:

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