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As security and network managers lose sleep over how to gain control over increasingly virtualized data centers and IT infrastructures coming untethered at the cloud, channel partners are being called upon to help with the situation. The problem for partners: given the immaturity of today’s security tools, it is nigh impossible to offer customers good visibility into virtualized infrastructure.

This week Acton, Mass.-based eIQnetworks hopes to fill in this visibility gap and rally the channel for cloud support with an announcement that it will extend its security correlation platform across virtual platforms as well as physical.

The new features were announced yesterday for eIQnetworks’ SecureVue security and compliance management product, a security information and event management (SIEM) platform that correlates numerous kinds of log, vulnerability, configuration and other data from multiple sources within the infrastructure. The new SecureVue features will give users the ability to identify and catalog virtual machines, to manage the configuration of information on these VMs and to correlate data across the VMs.

According to a survey released by Centrify earlier this month, approximately 46 percent of IT managers reported that security is a leading roadblock to future virtualization deployments.

The addition of virtualized cloud platforms to the visible field of data correlated by SecureVue offers the channel a better opportunity to service its customers, particularly managed service providers asked to service enterprises as they implement large private clouds.

“As organizations embrace cloud computing, companies are still on the hook to protect that data and ensure compliance with regulations despite not knowing exactly where data and applications may reside,” said Vijay Basani, founder and CEO for eIQnetworks, said in a statement. “With these enhancements to SecureVue, customers receive the same level of visibility across their virtual servers—the fundamental building block of cloud computing—that they receive on their physical servers.”