Palo Alto Joins AWS Competency Program For Security

Competency Program

Mumbai: Next-gen firewall vendor Palo Alto Networks has passed the AWS requirements to join the AWS Competency Program for Security. The program allows the company to integrate their VM-Series virtualized next-generation firewalls with AWS Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing [ELB], enhancing the firewalls’ scalability.

With the expanded AWS relationship, joint Palo Alto and AWS customers are able to automatically scale the cyber breach prevention capabilities of the Palo Alto Networks platform to meet fluctuating AWS demand, using a combination of AWS Lambda, CloudFormation Templates, and Amazon CloudWatch services, along with bootstrapping and XML API automation features supported by the VM-Series.

“This is not our first run at it, and we have been on AWS for a couple of years, but it is the first time we have gone through the rigour to get the critical design framework approved in AWS’ Competency Program,” Frank Mong, head of product, solution and industry marketing for Palo Alto Networks told Channel Buzz CA.

While the company is aggressively looking for deep ties with AWS, Mong stated that Palo Alto would continue to work with its other alliance vendor partners such as Microsoft.

“AWS has a lot of mature tools and systems that are geared to secure-minded organizations. We work with Microsoft Azure as well, and Azure is aggressively catching up, but there is still greater maturity of available toolsets with AWS”, he said.

“For partners, this is incredibly important. Our own technology has transformed to put us in the cloud. Resellers have to understand these transformative changes, including serverless architecture, which is the next stage. This is the age of cloud security, and it is a transformative event like the internet itself .This is especially important for resellers that address the SMB, where their customers count on them to be the trusted advisors.”

Mong said that Palo Alto has been aggressively moving its partners in that direction. According to Mong, many of Palo Alto’s partners are successfully making this transition into the cloud security age.

“Our responsibility to our partners is to make sure they are trained and have the knowledge to become experts. Just as we have trained our own sales organization, we have trained our partners, making sure they are empowered.”

“A lot of our partners have grown up with us, and these same partners are moving with us into the hybrid cloud environment, which is how it will be for the next 5-10 years,” Mong stated, adding, “Partners who have been with us this entire time have a great opportunity to move with us into the cloud security world. We are actively seeking out new cloud partners because we are learning too, and we can learn more about the cloud from them. They are the first movers and pioneers.”

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