vArmour Intros New Partner Program, Secures Hybrid Clouds

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Data-center security provider vArmour on Tuesday said it has developed a Multi-Cloud Security Architecture (MCSA), a vendor-neutral framework for securing hybrid cloud infrastructure.

vArmour's Dean Hickman-SmithIt also announced the vArmour Alliance Partner Program, which the company says is specifically for innovative cloud infrastructure and security technology companies that share a common vision for the MCSA. These new partners include Backblaze, BrightPoint Security, Centrify, Nuage Networks, Nutanix, Risk IQ, Synack and VM Turbo.

The industry-wide pathway to this new security architecture was developed in partnership with customers, technology partners and industry analysts. It lays out a new model for security, built and optimized for cloud computing today and in the future.

Dean Hickman-Smith, vArmour’s senior vice president of field operations, tells Channel Partners that his company received “broad ecosystem support for the MCSA from [the] vArmour channel, cloud infrastructure and security partners.”

“We worked with all partners to get their feedback and validation from their own customers to make it vendor-agnostic and applicable to all organizations moving to multi-cloud over the next few years,” he said. “The response has been fantastic as there is a pressing need for this type of multi-cloud security architecture, as security and IT teams are in the process of trying to figure out what is the best approach to build security in as they move to a hybrid cloud infrastructure.”

In support of the MCSA, vArmour also announced new enhancements to its DSS Distributed Security System, including: DSS SharedDefense; new threat analytics, dashboards and reporting; and new private cloud support.

“Research shows that organizations are moving more and more of their workloads and apps to the cloud,” Hickman-Smith said. “Based on this, channel partners can build a more strategic supplier relationship with their customers by being able to address customer requirements now and into the future. It is incredibly important for channel partners to have those conversations and be a trusted advisor.”

For technology partners, the ecosystem “must provide solutions that are end to end,” he said. It is less about point products and more about a woven, integrated fabric, he added.

For infrastructure, removing barriers to move to cloud is critical and security is the No. 1 barrier, he said. Through this new architectural approach, security can be built in to protect and secure critical assets no matter where they are.

“There is a pressing need for this type of multi-cloud security architecture, as security and IT teams are in the process of learning what to do or how to do it,” said Jon Oltsik, principal analyst at ESG.

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