Hewlett-Packard and virtualization specialist VMware announced they have formed a partnership to collaborate on developing and marketing security technology for the cloud.

The companies said they aim to advance customer protection by integrating HP’s TippingPoint intrusion prevention system with VMware’s vShield and vCloud Director products to deliver and unified cloud security system.

“With the growth of virtualization and cloud computing, security requirements have never been more complex and critical to our clients,” Alan Kessler, vice president of the security products division for HP, said in a statement. “Building upon HP’s global strategic alliance with VMware, this expanded relationship is designed to deliver additional innovative security technology for a converged infrastructure.”

The companies said integrating the products, will make it possible to automate the process of scanning, identifying threats, and blocking attacks. It will also simplify the process of establishing security policies that automatically adapted to changes to virtual environments, such as introducing a new virtual machine.

The joint HP TippingPoint and VMware vShield offering is immediate available and is being jointly marketed by both companies. HP will also use its global services organization to offer consulting and integration services.




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