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VMware Contexa, the VMware Threat Intelligence Cloud

VMware Contexa™ sees what others don’t, powering VMware Security to stop threats others can’t.

Gain East-West Protection Without Complexity

Enable your security team to respond more effectively to threats across your data centers with VMware’s Distributed IDS/IPS solution.NSX Distributed Firewall includes a comprehensive set of detection and prevention capabilities, including Distributed IDS/IPS. Leverage its unique architecture and precise app context to replace discrete appliances and gain operational simplicity.

Reduce False Positives

Reduce False Positives

Achieve more zero-false-positive workloads with curated rulesets and higher-fidelity signature matches based on precise application context.

Gain Elastic Throughput

Gain Elastic Throughput

Scale inspection capacity automatically and eliminate hardware bottlenecks via IDS/IPS functionality built-in to each workload.

Simplify Your Network Architecture

Simplify Your Network Architecture

Reduce network congestion and simplify network design by eliminating the need to hair-pin traffic to centralized appliances.

Improve Utilization of Compute Capacity

Improve Utilization of Compute Capacity

Re-use existing stranded compute capacity and eliminate the need for dedicated appliances.

Related Resources

IDS/IPS Technical Overview

Distributed IDS/IPS in the data center operates under different constraints than a traditional IDS/IPS. Watch the lightboard video to understand why.

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Frequently Asked Questions

NSX Distributed IDS/IPS is an application-aware intrusion detection system/intrusion prevention system (IDS/IPS) purpose-built for analyzing east-west traffic and detecting lateral threat movements.

NSX Distributed IDS/IPS uses an all-software distributed approach that moves traffic inspection out to every workload. It eliminates the need to hair-pin traffic to discrete appliances, ensuring comprehensive coverage without any blind spots.

Key capabilities of NSX Distributed IDS/IPS include:

  • Distributed analysis
  • Curated, context-based signature distribution
  • Application context-driven threat detection
  • Policy and state mobility
  • Automated policy lifecycle management

For full capabilities, see the solution overview.

Use cases for NSX Distributed IDS/IPS include:

  • Easily achieving regulatory compliance
  • Virtualizing security zones 
  • Replacing discrete appliances
  • Virtually patch vulnerabilities

The benefits of NSX Distributed IDS/IPS include:

  • Reduction in false positives
  • Simplified network architecture
  • Elastic throughput
  • Improvement in capacity utilization

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