Ben-Efraim plugs virtual holes with real security
HEADQUARTERS: Redwood City, Calif.
PRODUCT: Virtual Network Security Analyzer, Virtual Network Firewall
PRINCIPALS: Amir Ben-Efraim, CEO; Dr. Ulrich Stern, CTO; Moshe Litvin, VP of engineering
INVESTORS: Accel Partners, Foundation Capital
EARLY CUSTOMERS: Nielsen Mobile, Attunity, ServiceMaster
VNSA is deployed as a virtual appliance, with one agent per physical server. It monitors VMs connected through VMware's Virtual Switch. Multiple agents report to a single console. The agents report on inter-VM communications, including ports and protocols used. The company plans to enable VNSA to send SNMP traps to third-party management tools. This summer, the Virtual Network Firewall will launch. It will control inter-VM communication and restrict VMs to authorized ports and protocols.
Altor Networks has a strong security pedigree. CEO Ben-Efraim and engineering VP Litvin come from Check Point Software, a security leader. Litvin was chief architect at Check Point, where he led the development of the company's flagship firewall software. Litvin also was an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence Corps. Accel, one of the company's two major backers, has an admirable track record in the security space. Four companies in Accel's security portfolio have been acquired.
Startups dominate virtual security. BlueLane's VirtualShield is a firewall and intrusion-prevention system for VMware environments. Montego Networks' HyperSwitch includes a firewall and access control for VMs.