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Bitdefender Announces Support for Microsoft Azure Workloads at Microsoft Ignite 2018

Bitdefender, a leading global cybersecurity company protecting 500 million users worldwide, has announced its flagship cloud workload security platform, Bitdefender GravityZone, now integrates with Microsoft Azure workloads. With Bitdefender GravityZone, IT, DevOps and line-of-business teams benefit from next-generation security that is fast to provision and easy to manage, accelerating time-to-value while maintaining compliance and a strong security posture.

Bitdefender GravityZone support of Azure is part of Bitdefender's ongoing innovation and investment in datacenter and cloud security and complements its integrations with other virtualization and cloud platforms. This expanded coverage helps companies challenged with securing private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments to improve the efficiency and agility of their security operations, while achieving policy consistency across their heterogeneous infrastructure.

GravityZone communicates with Azure to obtain up-to-date virtual machine (VM) inventory and infrastructure hierarchy as well as the real-time data on VM instantiation, termination, and movement. This enables the automation of tedious tasks like deployment of security tools, assignment of granular, VM-appropriate security policies at scale and recovery of security licenses from decommissioned instances. With GravityZone, security services can be deployed, and policies applied automatically, so that Azure Virtual Machines are "born protected." Further, the integration ensures security policies follow the VMs as they move across the cloud and enables infrastructure-specific compliance reporting.

"Organizations face cloud-security challenges that are not limited to compliance and protection against advanced threats. Operational considerations are also extremely important," said Harish Agastya, VP, Enterprise Solutions at Bitdefender. "GravityZone's native integration with the Microsoft Azure workloads management platform helps address both these concerns by combining cloud workload security with centralized automated management, single-pane-of-glass visibility and streamlined compliance reporting across Azure."

Adwait Joshi, Director, Product Marketing, Azure Security, Microsoft Corp. said, "Microsoft Azure provides customers with a flexible, agile and secure cloud infrastructure. Solutions such as Bitdefender GravityZone help them protect server and VDI workloads running in Azure. The integration between GravityZone and Azure will allow customers to automate security-related tasks, so they can focus on implementing strategic initiatives and delivering revenue-generating applications."

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