Problem

Your rapidly changing business environment demands a flexible infrastructure to support the evolving desktop, application, and data access requirements of your staff. One logical approach involves the implementation of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), empowering your employees to work via laptop, tablet, and even their smartphone – wherever they are on the globe. Although a VDI solution presents many desktop security advantages – including centralized control, reduced complexity, and efficient management of user access and privileges – it’s critical to ensure that the entire virtual desktop infrastructure is secure. But securing this new, centralized environment is difficult, especially when a single IP address can represent thousands of different users all accessing their applications and data using a variety of devices. While employing a VDI environment, users may have access to other applications in your data center besides their virtual desktop.

 

Solution

Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls enable advanced, identity-based granular application control, threat prevention, and content leak protection for resources being accessed from virtual desktops. Our firewall can be deployed at the backend of your virtual desktop infrastructure to safely enable applications for your virtual desktop users. Palo Alto Networks User-ID technology allows you to set up firewall policies based on your users and user-groups, rather than relying on static IP addresses on the network. We offer User-ID and Terminal Services agents that allow you to easily identify your virtual desktop users and apply security policies to them, regardless of which type of VDI environment you’ve implemented. We also provide a wide-range of purpose-built hardware platforms that are optimized for performance to ensure that protection will scale alongside your VDI efforts.

With Palo Alto Networks, you can maximize the availability, performance, and scalability of your virtual desktops, while experiencing the peace of mind that your entire infrastructure is secure from known and unknown malware and targeted attacks.

Our integration with Citrix NetScaler SDX also provides you a consolidated security and application delivery controller (ADC) solution for Citrix XenApp XenDesktop deployments. 

 

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