Virtualization technology offers lower costs and easier product maintenance. With McAfee Next Generation Firewall, there are two virtualization options: virtual appliances and virtual contexts. You may benefit from one or both virtualization solutions, an approach that can help minimize your investment in hardware and simplify network operations.
Next Generation Firewall has been VMware accredited since 2004, and McAfee VMware Ready Virtual Appliances became available in 2008. With virtual appliances, you can easily and independently deploy a comprehensive security infrastructure using virtual machines. Each virtual appliance can serve an independent role, and even run its own software version and operating system.
Virtual contexts offer a way to logically divide up to 250 security gateway configurations into separately manageable instances on a single physical Next Generation Firewall appliance. This approach is ideal for managed security service providers (MSSPs), who offer and manage security services for multiple customers using the same physical elements.
|Feature||Virtual Appliance||Virtual Context|
|Independence of virtual instances||High, as each instance can run its own version||Limited, as all instances share the same software basis|
|Scalability||Dozens||Up to 250|
|Purchase Driver||Increased security and visibility for virtual infrastructure||Server consolidation|