Intel launches software defined security controller

Summary:The chip giant steps up its security push for hybrid data centers, a common theme at VMworld.

Intel on Monday launched its first product for its security unit, a controller designed to automate and provision software defined infrastructure.

VMware takes cue from Amazon with new OpenStack framework

The move highlights how Intel wants to take a broader role in security and is integrating knowhow from its software-focused McAfee division, to play in a market like software defined security.

Intel announced the news at VMware's VMworld powwow in San Francisco. The Intel Security Controller is build on VMware's NSX platform to secure physical and virtual appliances. The controller will dynamically secure workloads and be managed through a Web interface.


The controller is deployed as a virtual machine inside data centers and acts as a broker between security software and infrastructure. Here's a look at Intel's security stack.

For good measure, Intel's McAfee unit also bolstered its server security suites to manage virtual environments better. McAfee added connectors to Amazon Web Services, VMware's vSphere OpenStack and Microsoft Azure, policy orchestrators and features to manage virtual appliances.

Intel's news hits on two key themes at VMworld: Hybrid data centers and software defined infrastructure.

Among other news that falls into those categories.

  • Dell and VMware said they are extending a partnership to focus on open networking and integrating VMware's virtualization platform with Cumulus Networks and Dell's networking switches. Dell will also bundle VMware's NSX platform.
  • F5 announced that its networking management platform will integrate with VMware NSX for software defined data centers.
  • Riverbed said its application performance management appliances are also validated for VMware's vCloud Air.

Topics: Security, Intel, Virtualization


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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