Ixia delivers visibility into network traffic through Microsoft Azure Virtual Network TAP

Keysight Technologies announced it has extended the Ixia CloudLens visibility platform to provide packet-level visibility into virtual machine network traffic through Microsoft Azure Virtual Network Terminal Access Point (TAP).

Cloud adoption is ubiquitous with 92 percent of companies reporting they have adopted the public cloud, according to the RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report. As cloud adoption increases, security concerns intensify.

According to Gartner, clouds are secure, but organizations are often not using them securely. Further, Gartner states that through 2022, at least 95% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault.

In a public cloud environment, traditional methods for gaining packet-level visibility can sometimes be challenging. Users installed sensors within their workloads for packet visibility. These agents/sensors compete for resources on the workload for operation and introduce added complexity.

The CloudLens Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform was designed to retain the benefits of the cloud – scale, flexibility, and agility, while enabling security, analytics, and forensics tools to acquire the packet-level data.

CloudLens now offers an Azure feature that enables customers to mirror virtual machine network traffic which can then be filtered, replicated and forwarded to the analysis tools.

“Security is a shared responsibility between the cloud provider and the hosted organization, so we joined with Microsoft Azure and our technology partners to help our customers secure their clouds more effectively,” said Scott Westlake, vice president, Alliances for Keysight’s Ixia Solutions Group.

“CloudLens enables customers to use the Microsoft Azure Virtual Network TAP to gain network traffic visibility and ensure the security and performance of their Azure cloud-based applications.”

CloudLens provides a sensor that can be configured through API’s from Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This enables the user to forward network traffic to the CloudLens Sensor without the need to install a sensor in every workload.

“Deploying RSA NetWitness Platform is critical to maintaining consistent security visibility across hybrid environments while customers are in the process of migrating workload to the cloud. Ixia CloudLens works with Azure’s new Virtual Network TAP to streamline collection of the necessary packet level data from Azure instances for security monitoring and analysis via the RSA NetWitness Platform.”, said Matthew Chase, Senior Manager, Technical Alliances, RSA Security, LLC

“Wire data analysis is vital to monitor and manage applications migrated to Microsoft Azure for IaaS hosting, particularly in hybrid on-premises and cloud deployments. Ixia CloudLens, combined with Azure Virtual Network TAP, provides Dynatrace’s Network Application Monitoring solution the complete visibility it needs in an easy to deploy and scalable way. This joint solution complements Dynatrace’s agent-based solution for Azure native applications.”, said Krzysztof Ziemianowicz, Technology Strategist, Dynatrace

“Eastwind Networks offers customers ubiquitous breach analytics across public Cloud IaaS, private infrastructure, and SaaS. With data collection service powered by Ixia CloudLens, and in concert with Microsoft Azure Virtual Network TAP, our customers gain seamless access to the packet level data required for Eastwind to provide full context and detail into security breaches that occur on their Azure hosted workloads.”, said Paul Kraus, CEO, Eastwind Networks

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