By Manish Dave, Platform Architect of Datacenter Security Products Division at Intel
The Intel Security Controller is now Open Security Controller
As enterprise IT organizations discover the benefits of OpenStack, they quickly realize that security can be a limiting factor for the platform’s growth and adoption. When organizations look into virtualizing their networks and need to re-architect their data centers to be more dynamic, manageable and adaptable, previously effective security tools can no longer protect the virtual infrastructure. This can lead to lack of security visibility, network inefficiencies and unprotected east-west traffic.
In addition to that, security integration on OpenStack can be resource intensive. Vendors of security virtual network functions (VNF) and software-defined networks (SDN) have to strike individual partnerships and do the integration on behalf of the customer.
To address this issue, at OpenStack Summit Tokyo last October, Intel presented a joint solution with Midokura to dynamically insert advanced security services like network IPS and next-gen firewall into the OpenStack network. The Intel Security Controller was the technology automating the deployment of security VNFs, while Midokura’s MidoNet provided network virtualization system for this automation to happen.
This year, we’re taking a step further.
Today we are announcing the broadening of Intel Security Controller’s scope so it becomes a platform that will support multiple SDN controllers and security VNFs from multiple vendors. To reflect these changes, we’re renaming our platform to Open Security Controller.
At Intel we realize the importance of open platforms to drive innovations that significantly change the direction of the industry. Open Security Controller takes this strategy to heart. It provides automated, dynamic security provisioning, configuration and policy synchronization for SDI and a seamless brokering service between SDN controllers and security VNFs, making security management visible, more effective, agile and scalable.
Open Security Controller is part of Intel’s initiatives to accelerate the adoption of network function virtualization. By working closely with user community, datacenter security and network virtualization vendors, we are building a platform that removes the integration burden for deploying advanced security in OpenStack.
For more information or if you are interested in actively contributing to the future of Open Security Controller, please visit us at http://www.intel.com/osc and contact us via email. We look forward to hearing from you!