Cisco today also made a push into virtualizing its ASA firewall, saying the new software-based ASAv is designed to run on the VMware platform initially with plans to add support for KVM and Microsoft's HyperV. "Our goal is to make it hypervisor-agnostic," says Raja Patel, Cisco's senior director, cloud security and threat intelligence product management.
Patel says the virtualized ASAv firewall was built with RESTful APIs so it can be used to run in Cisco's Software-Defined Network data center environment or any SDN supporting RESTful APIs. The ASAv firewall is not oriented toward next-generation application filtering but is mainly port-based for flexibly firewalling virtualized workloads, for example in bursting environments. Cisco says it's possible to spin up virtual machines and leverage one to four cores to produce 2Gbps of performance per instance. The Cisco ASAv virtual firewall starts at $56,000.
Cisco also announced an updated version of the ASA 5585-X series that will now support 16-node clustering for up to 640Gbps throughput. It starts at $29,995. All of these products are available now, and by the end of next month, Cisco will be providing a free Cisco Validated Design guide for Cisco Secure Data Center that outlines planning and design architectures.
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