This week Cisco is announcing the ASA 1000V cloud firewall, a product that we previewed at VMworld last month and in an earlier blog post. This video provides a very high level introduction to our latest virtual security product.
We’re excited about the ASA 1000V because it brings virtually all the features of our physical ASA appliances to virtual environments, providing greater consistency across the physical, virtual and cloud domains, however your applications are deployed. The ASA 1000V will primarily be deployed to protect tenants in a multi-tenant cloud environment with traditional edge security services including VPN, NAT, attack prevention and DHCP. This will compliment our Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) firewall which has greater visibility to VM-specific policy attributes, and will be used to isolate VM-VM traffic within a tenant.
Both VSG and the ASA 1000V will rely on the Nexus 1000V virtual switch to direct appropriate packets to the right firewall service node, where policies are enforced, prior to reaching the VM. The ASA 1000V will start shipping in the first half of 2012.
For more information on the ASA 1000V, please check out our new web page, and please register for our external launch event on October 25 where we will unveil more details, as well as our latest Nexus data center announcements.