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vArmour Updates DSS with Project Ice Cream


April 25, 2016

Just when everyone thought Android was the only company offering software that sounds like sweets, vArmour had to come to the party.

vArmour, a cloud security application developer, thinks a bit differently than the folks at Android, but it hasn’t shied away from naming its latest release Project Ice Cream. The flavorful new security architecture comes at the end of a 12-month development cycle that built upon vArmour’s Distributed Security System (DSS). It is the latest DSS available in the market.

Project Ice Cream, the company says, was “aptly named after something everyone loves.” It gives businesses the opportunity to download and install the latest iteration of DSS and expect to have it operational in only an hour.

The distributed nature of DSS has always addressed the failings of traditional security systems as they apply to cloud systems. DSS works with the nature of the cloud by allowing businesses to use “micro-segments” of the software to address the individual needs of every workload.

Instead of following the traditional mindset, for instance, that everything within a company firewall is good while everything outside is bad, it takes the approach of being skeptical of every action a company network takes. Users now have specific permissions, and those users’ workloads also have specific permissions. This makes it possible for advanced software to follow the permissions attached to each unit and protect a network as a whole. Permissions remain attached to each user and each workload regardless of the private, public, or hybrid cloud they try to access.

DSS helps businesses follow those permissions by providing instant protection from the first installation. One instance of Project Ice Cream can protect as many as 100,000 workloads and 1,000 hosts, no matter their locations. It can address an area so big that vArmour has compared its coverage capability to that of a Facebook pod. As TMC has previously addressed, the Facebook data center pods can seem bigger than life itself.

Outside of protection and coverage, vArmour said it just wants to make cloud security easier for everyone involved. It wants to get users past the notion that they must pile a number of security products on top of one another to remain safe. The company says, “there’s no more ‘complexity is the biggest enemy.’” Instead, the bowl of ice cream means to address the glut of cloud security issues with one overarching product.

Prospective businesses can begin to use Project Ice Cream in service tiers that grow with their needs. The project is scalable and will only grow in cost as users grow in their need for protection.




Edited by Maurice Nagle

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