Cisco ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall
The cloud technology is spreading like wild fire all over the world. And like everything else in technology, unfortunately security is the last thing that vendors consider while developing technology. The same happened with the cloud. At the beginning, nobody thought about security in the virtual cloud. After several security weaknesses have been identified related with cloud and virtual environments, vendor started now to develop security products for cloud and virtual devices.
Cisco introduced the Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) some time ago. Now, it brings the proven and trusted Cisco ASA technology in the cloud to complement the VSG offering. The new ASA cloud product is called Cisco ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall.
The product employs the mainstream ASA (Adaptive Security Appliance) security technology that has been optimized for virtual environments. It works with the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch and also integrates with the Cisco VNMC (Virtual Network Management Center) for administration and management purposes.
The ASA 1000V comes as a software package which is downloadable as an Open Virtualization Format file. It works with the VMware vSphere 4.1 or later releases with VMware ESX or ESXi servers.