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Palo Alto Networks and VMware Extend Strategic Partnership to Advance Security in the Software-Defined Data Center

Companies Announce New Reseller Agreement and General Availability of Integrated Solution for Automating and Accelerating Network Security Deployment

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 25, 2014) - RSA CONFERENCE 2014 -- Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in enterprise security, and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today extended the companies' strategic partnership with the announcement of a new reseller agreement and the general availability of a previously announced integrated network security and network virtualization solution. The integrated Palo Alto Networks and VMware solution enables customers to use the distributed network and services insertion capabilities of VMware NSX™ with the Palo Alto Networks next-generation security technologies to easily deploy, scale, safely enable and protect applications for software-defined data centers. As a result, customers can realize more agility and efficiency through centralized policy management and implementation.

The solution includes the Palo Alto Networks VM-1000-HV (a new VM-Series model designed for VMware NSX interoperability), security subscription, the Panorama centralized management platform and premium customer support combined with the VMware NSX network virtualization platform. Today, the security components are available from Palo Alto Networks resellers and the VMware NSX network virtualization platform is available from VMware. Beginning in the second quarter of 2014, customers will be able to purchase the complete bundled solution as a packaged offering directly from VMware and VMware Elite NSX partners.

To simplify deployment, Palo Alto Networks and VMware have published a validated technical reference design with key implementation use cases. Enterprises interested in transforming security for their software-defined data centers can visit the Palo Alto Networks booth #3433 and VMware booth #1615 at the RSA Conference for more information on the solution.

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  • "Palo Alto Networks and VMware have been longtime strategic partners in helping us realize the possibilities of the software-defined data center, enabling applications that support our dynamic retail business while protecting it from cyber threats. The joint Palo Alto Networks and VMware network security and network virtualization solution enables rapid provisioning of next-generation network security with our applications and a 'single pane of glass' management interface for all our security policies across our nearly 100 percent virtualized data center environment."
    • John Spiegel, Manager, IS Communications, Columbia Sportswear
  • "This resell agreement and general availability of our joint solution represents a key milestone in our strategic partnership with VMware; it builds upon the extensive co-development efforts we have jointly invested to help customers realize a truly seamless and agile software-defined data center with built-in security protections and helps make it easy to procure the necessary components."
    • Chad Kinzelberg, Senior Vice President of Business and Corporate Development, Palo Alto Networks
  • "For network security teams working in dynamic cloud data centers, using tried and true network security processes and physical appliances represents a major challenge. Working with our strategic partner Palo Alto Networks, we're advancing and simplifying security in the software-defined data center. Our joint efforts to deliver a comprehensive and integrated solution will help ensure that the agility and speed benefits of network virtualization are extended to security infrastructure."
    • Stephen Mullaney, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networking & Security Business Unit, VMware

An Integrated Solution for Today's Changing Security Environment
Recognizing changing security requirements for global enterprises, Palo Alto Networks and VMware have partnered to deliver an integrated solution that combines the Palo Alto Networks VM-Series virtualized next-generation security platform with the VMware NSX network virtualization platform. With this joint solution, customers will be able to unify next-generation network security across their physical and virtual environments with a single point of management. The VMware NSX and Palo Alto Networks integrated solution helps unlock the full potential of the software-defined data center, allowing IT organizations to:

  • Automate delivery of next-generation security services;
  • Accelerate deployment of business critical applications through transparent security enforcement;
  • Optimize operational efficiency via simplified security policies with virtual, cloud and business context;
  • Reduce errors in security configuration through context sharing between virtualization and security environments;
  • Easily segment and safely enable virtualized applications of different trust levels in the data center;
  • Address simplified security and compliance mandates with protection against known and unknown threats including exploits, viruses, spyware, malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs).

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About Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks is leading a new era in cybersecurity by protecting thousands of enterprise, government, and service provider networks from cyber threats. Unlike fragmented legacy products, our security platform safely enables business operations and delivers protection based on what matters most in today's dynamic computing environments: applications, users, and content. Find out more at

About VMware
VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2013 revenues of $5.21 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at

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VMware Global Communications

Bob Nelson
Voce Communications for Palo Alto Networks