Technical Tuesday – 22 March 2016 – Providing Consistent Security Across Virtual and Physical Workloads by Gregory Stemberger and Rob Chee of Force 3

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Data centers today are being tasked with many more requirements. This has been increasing as companies leverage server virtualization in new ways. This has made the data center a rich source of information for attackers. It is commonly accepted that protection of data center workloads is important, but in many cases security takes a back seat to data center performance. What is needed is a security solution that does not increase latency and is operationally feasible. This problem can be addressed utilizing high speed, low latency security solutions integrated into new Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) solutions from Cisco and VMware. Now the challenge is how to provide a single framework for both virtual and physical security policies to minimize the operational overhead while still maintaining security integrity. One simple use case is enforcing permission or access between VMs and a database server that cannot be virtualized. This is a more difficult proposition because normally different security controls are needed to secure the virtual and physical workloads. With the increasing innovation occurring in the software defined data center (SDDC) today, new solutions are now nascent.

Presented by: Gregory Stemberger and Rob Chee of Force 3

Gregory Stemberger is a Principal Network Architect at Force 3, Inc.  Gregory is a triple CCIE and one of the first in the world to achieve the VCDX-NV certification with more than 12 years of progressive experience designing and implementing secure enterprise, campus, and data center networks in both public and private sectors. His work at Force 3 is focused on next generation network designs, overlay networks, network virtualization, and building segmented network access control.

Rob Chee is the Principal Security Architect for Force 3. Rob is a double CCIE (security, routing and switching) with over 20 years of experience in both networking and security. The 20 years of experience have provided progressively deeper levels of technology expertise and higher levels of leadership opportunities. Rob has leveraged his experience to become a key technical leader for the Force 3 Next Generation Networking Practice with overlay responsibilities in networking and security technologies. In addition to building expertise across next generation technologies, Rob is heavily focused on the security aspects to ensure that virtual and physical workloads are protected.