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Secure the Virtualized Data Center

Security concerns are often the primary obstacle to virtualizing applications and adopting cloud computing. Improving security is critical to taking full advantage of the benefits of the consolidated data center and providing a manageable, compliant infrastructure.


Cisco data center security solutions address the unique and challenging requirements of public and private cloud environments, including:

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Context-Based Policy Enforcement

Cisco SecureX Architecture enforces security policies based on the full context of network access for the dynamic, virtualized data center.


Securing Virtual Environments

Overcome the security challenges of virtual applications and data centers.


Simplifying Virtual Security

Cisco Virtual Network Management Center helps manage security policies.

  • Security policy enforcement between virtual applications and workloads
  • Scalability management , including users, connections, and throughput
  • Consolidated management across security services
  • Separation of duties between application server and security teams
  • Deployment that uses resources, scales easily, and enforces policies

A fundamental component of the Cisco Data Center Business Advantage architecture and Cisco Unified Networking Services, the Cisco data center security portfolio includes:

  • Integrated appliance with VPN, firewall, and intrusion prevention system (IPS)
  • Virtual firewall solution
  • Threat-control capabilities
  • Embedded firewall modules
  • Highly secure access solutions

Gain Comprehensive Data Center Business Solutions

Security is critical to the data center. The network perimeter is increasingly porous, and malware continues to spread. Organizations experience frequent security threats from both the Internet and internal networks.


Cisco data center security solutions contain:

  • Threat control and defense with intrusion prevention system (IPS)
  • Application and content security
  • Virtualization security (virtual firewall)
  • Highly secure access

Threat Control and Defense

The Cisco ASA 5585-X Adaptive Security Appliance provides VPN, firewall, and IPS with high performance and scalability. It is an excellent choice for controlling network traffic into and out of the data center (also known as north-south traffic).


Content Security

Choose from Cisco email and web security solutions with on-premise, cloud-based, or hybrid security services. Protect your networks and data centers against known and zero-day malware outbreaks.


Virtualization Security

The Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) works with Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches to provide zone-based and policy-driven security via a virtual firewall.


The virtual Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) for the Cisco Nexus 1000V provides multi-tenant edge security, default gateway functionality, and protection against network-based attacks. It uses the proven ASA security platform in a virtual form factor.


Highly Secure Access

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility and Cisco TrustSec solutions establish industry-leading highly secure and trusted access to data center resources.

Cisco data center security helps organizations to:

  • Secure physical and virtual computing environments
  • Establish trusted access
  • Identify and respond to evolving threats
  • Protect critical assets
  • Enforce business policies

Virtualization Security

Improve security for your entire infrastructure, including virtualized desktops, data centers, and the private cloud.


Threat Defense

Design a trusted infrastructure that protects against business disruption, while maintaining a highly secure, cost-effective environment.

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