Cisco Secure Data Center Solution

Protect Your Data Center

Balance security with performance and agility in your data center. (2:34 min)

Your data center is critical to the success of your business. It needs specialized, best-in-class security that doesn’t restrict its agility and performance.

The Cisco Secure Data Center Solution meets your needs. It delivers integrated protection and dynamic, intelligent control to defend against today’s sophisticated attacks. You gain:

  • Flexible policy enforcement across physical, virtual, and cloud environments
  • Rapid provisioning with full threat protection
  • Next-generation software-defined networking (SDN) support with the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) integration


  • Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv)

    The ASAv brings full ASA firewall and VPN capabilities to virtualized environments to help safeguard critical data center traffic.

  • Cisco Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW)

    Cisco NGFWs deliver a comprehensive, unified firewall policy, application control, threat prevention, and advanced malware protection from the network to the endpoint.

  • Cisco Stealthwatch

    Stealthwatch goes beyond conventional threat detection and harnesses the power of NetFlow for advanced network visibility, analytics, and protection for data centers.

  • Cisco FirePOWER NGIPS

    The Cisco FirePOWER next-generation intrusion prevention system provides multilayered threat protection at high inspection throughput rates with a low cost of ownership.

  • Cisco Advanced Malware Protection

    Cisco AMP is an intelligence-driven, integrated enterprise-class advanced malware analysis and protection solution offering breach prevention, continuous monitoring of malicious behavior, and rapid malware detection and removal.

  • Cisco TrustSec Technology

    Cisco TrustSec technology uses software-defined segmentation to simplify the provisioning of network access, accelerate security operations, and consistently enforce policy. It is embedded in Cisco switches, routers, and wireless and security devices.

Cisco Validated Design Portfolio

The Cisco Secure Data Center for the Enterprise portfolio contains a series of interrelated guides. They set out best practices for the design and deployment of data center security solutions. They are particularly helpful for security and system architects, network design engineers, advanced specialists, and customers who want to address today's advanced threats.

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Cisco Secure Enclaves Architecture

Learn how to create a more flexible, functional, and secure application environment in the data center. This guide delivers a simplified, standardized, and trusted approach for the management of shared resources.

Guide for secure enclaves (PDF - 2.5 MB)View Design Guide

Cisco ASA Clustering with FirePOWER Services

This multisite clustering design brings application awareness and data protection to the data center fabric and network services. Application security and delivery are operational fundamentals. However, managing policies for application workloads is a significant challenge. This solution maps users to data center assets in a way that provides consistency, simplification, and scalability, plus advanced threat protection.

Guide for ASA Clustering with FirePOWER Services (PDF - 2. 44 MB)View Design Guide

Cisco Threat Management with NextGen IPS

This guide offers a comprehensive set of capabilities for a threat management system. It examines how attackers approach data centers and shows how you can integrate Cisco Firepower NGIPS appliances into your architecture. Design and implementation guides cover both inline and passive intrusion prevention systems.

Cisco Cyber Threat Defense for the Data Center

Understand how to detect threats already operating in an internal network or data center. This solution uses network telemetry to provide pervasive visibility across the data center.

Guide for Cisco Cyber Threat Defense (PDF - 1.4 MB)View Design Guide

Cisco Virtualized Multiservice Data Center

The Virtualized Multiservice Data Center helps secure the Cisco Unified Data Center, which hosts mission-critical applications and sensitive data. Improve data center economics by unifying computing, storage, networking, virtualization, and management in a single fabric-based platform. This platform is designed to:

  • Increase operating efficiencies
  • Simplify IT operations
  • Provide business agility

For more information, go to the Virtualized Multiservice Data Center page.

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