Juniper Networks has announced the acquisition of virtualisation security technology company Altor Networks for around $95 million (£60 million).
According to Juniper, the acquisition will allow it to extend its security position by delivering an integrated security architecture that protects physical and virtual systems. Altor was founded in 2007 by security and networking experts from some of the industry's leading vendors. In early 2010, Juniper made a venture investment in the company and the transaction closed on 6th December 2010.
Altor has developed capabilities including a high-performance hypervisor-based firewall, on-board intrusion detection, network visibility and monitoring and reporting for compliance. It said that its solution enables security visibility, compliance and control over the entire virtual machine infrastructure, giving security teams' visibility to understand the applications, services and traffic being sent between virtual machines.
Mark Bauhaus, executive vice president and general manager of service layer technologies at Juniper, said: “We are excited to acquire one of the industry's leading virtualisation security vendors and the extremely talented team that built it. This acquisition will extend our leadership in data centre and cloud security and will enable customers to deploy a consistent set of security services across their physical and virtual infrastructure.”
Amir Ben-Efraim, CEO and co-founder of Altor, said: “Today we join forces with Juniper, which shares a common vision for securing data centres and the cloud and together we look forward to extending our leadership in the virtual machine security market.”
Neil MacDonald, fellow in Gartner Research, claimed that this acquisition will benefit Juniper, as it is one of the physical firewall vendors that have not yet delivered a virtualised solution. He also said that Juniper was behind Cisco, Check Point, Stonesoft, IBM, Sourcefire and other vendors in delivering virtualised implementations of their security controls.
He said: “Vendors of standalone point solutions for virtualised security controls have a diminishing window of opportunity to establish themselves or be acquired. Longer term, security vendors should provide security services that can be delivered via physical appliances, virtual appliances, cloud-based services or a combination of all three.
“Organisations cannot use 100 per cent virtualised security controls any more than they can use 100 per cent physically-delivered security controls. We need both and vendors should deliver both.
“What enterprises care about is the quality and usefulness of the security services delivered. How these services are delivered should be left to the enterprise security architect, not the vendor.”