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Catbird 6.0 to Add OpenStack Compliance Automation

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Automation software provider Catbird has announced the upcoming addition of OpenStack policy automation to its Catbird 6.0 software. Catbird 6.0 is a policy compliance automation and monitoring solution for private and hybrid cloud environments. The software can be supported on Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere, and integrates with VMware vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) App Firewall and Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG).

"Automated security policies that can be verified and enforced are quickly becoming a necessity across the board," says Edmundo Costa, CEO of Catbird. "With Catbird 6.0 for OpenStack, we are continuing to deliver on the promise of a platform-agnostic security policy and control delivery solution." Version 6.0 will be supporting OpenStack's eighth and latest release, Havana, and its networking-as-a-service component, Neutron.

The Catbird 6.0 platform consists of the Catbird Control Center and accompanying virtual appliances. The Control Center is a web-based console where admins may view workflows and other aspects of monitored systems or change automation policies. The virtual machine appliances (VMAs) are installed on a switch-by-switch basis.

Layout of Catbird architecture showing Catbird's Control Center and VMA (virtual machine appliance) in action.Layout of Catbird architecture showing Catbird's Control Center and VMA (virtual machine appliance) in action.An important aspect of Catbird software is the TrustZone. The Catbird TrustZone is a fully automated security and policy 'zone' that is assigned to certain virtual environments; any virtual asset can be part of more than one TrustZone.

Catbird then provides monitoring tools for evaluating how well policies are being met in each TrustZone. Monitoring also includes the ability to see data flows across systems and networks. Any policy problems detected through the software are run through a SIEM, or security information and event management, and trouble ticketing system for immediate notice.

"With private and hybrid cloud adoption projected for rapid growth, the increased complexity of cloud environments and the ensuing security concerns present huge challenges to enterprise IT skills and capabilities," says Costa. "At the same time, carriers and service providers require secure and compliant private and hybrid cloud infrastructure."

Catbird 6.0 supports compliance with industry standards such as PCI DSS 2.0 and 3.0, HIPAA, DIACAP, FISMA Rev 4 and COBIT. Catbird has not announced an exact date for the addition of OpenStack automation functionality to Catbird 6.0, but it is expected sometime in Q4 of 2014.