Palo Alto Networks has announced the launch of a virtualised next-generation firewall platform and a new operating system.

According to the company, the VM-Series is a virtualised next-generation firewall platform that brings next-generation network security into the virtualised data centre environment.

Lee Klarich, vice president of product management at Palo Alto Networks, said: “With this release, we enable next-generation firewalls to help organisations with securing traditional and private cloud infrastructures from a growing array of threats, including unique, modern malware.”

Also launched is the PA-3000 Series next-generation firewall for enterprise users, comprising the PA-3020 and PA-3050 that deliver next-generation firewall capabilities at up to 4Gbps of App-ID throughput.

Supporting the new launches is PAN-OS 5.0 that the company said adds management capabilities to the virtualised data centre solution, allowing enterprises to tie user and app-based policies to virtual machines or server deployments via cloud automation or orchestration tools.

Finally, a new management appliance, the M-100, offers a dedicated appliance for the Palo Alto Networks Panorama management system to offer centralised control over a network of next-generation firewalls and distributed log collection capability for large-scale enterprise deployments, the company said.