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HyTrust Upgrades

The upgrade is supposed to deliver the first enterprise-class object-based policy management capability

HyTrust has upgraded its HyTrust Appliance, its maiden product. Version 1.5 enables policy definition and automated enforcement for virtual infrastructure.

It also addresses critical security and compliance issues around portability and the remote management of virtual machines.

The upgrade is supposed to deliver the first enterprise-class object-based policy management capability, built specifically for security and compliance policy enforcement of virtual infrastructure as well as expand VMware platform support.

HyTrust explains that it's pioneered a label-based approach for policy management similar to Web 2.0 "tagging" that lets organizations create policy-based categories for virtual infrastructure objects, implying better organization and more automated controls. HyTrust Appliance 1.5 now enforces granular authorization of all virtual infrastructure management operations according to user role, object, label, protocol and IP address.

It says it makes it easy for administrators to define virtual infrastructure policies and enforce them systematically, a task that previously forced organizations to use fixed boundaries to silo their environments and depend on manual change control processes to keep track of changes in their environment.

With HyTrust enterprises can embrace a single internal cloud environment in which policies are automatically enforced and updated dynamically with the infrastructure.

The automated policy enforcement in HyTrust Appliance 1.5 specifically addresses the potentially serious security and compliance concerns associated with the portability of virtual machines. With this new capability, organizations can now ensure that, for example, a virtual machine subject to PCI compliance can only run on a host (or cluster) that's specifically zoned for PCI or, say, just connect to a specific "secure" network.

Because the HyTrust Appliance embeds the policy information inside the virtual machine, policy enforcement is ensured no matter where the virtual machine is moved.

According to CEO Eric Chiuf HyTrust worked with Cisco and VMware to ensure that VMs connect to the right networks and port groups for both Cisco Nexus 1000v and VMware Distributed Switch.

Both the HyTrust Appliance 1.5 Enterprise Edition and the free Community Edition should generally available August 24. The Community Edition protects up to three hosts.

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