VMware (VMW) has announced a new partnership with Check Point Software Technologies to provide added network security for the company’s virtual desktop offerings.

VMware virtual desktop users now have added network protection with Check Point Virtual Edition (VE), a security solution released earlier this year that provides comprehensive protection and rapid deployment of security services in virtualized environments, according to the press release. Check Point promised its software will give vSphere users multi-layered security protection for virtual machines regardless of IP address changes and the ability to migrate virtual machines without breaking application connectivity.

"As enterprises deploy their network infrastructure in the cloud, having security services be provisioned quickly for these virtual environments is of utmost importance," said Gabi Reish, vice president of Product Management at Check Point Software Technologies, in a statement. "The collaboration with VMware enables strong protection for network security through the evolution of our customers' virtual environments."

Check Point VE will be compatible with both VMware vSphere 5.1 and 5.5, in addition to the vCloud Suite and VMware NSX. The company said VE is the latest product in a growing portfolio of VMware-compatible cloud and virtualization security software.

"VMware is delivering virtualization solutions across compute, networking, storage and management designed to help customers accelerate the path to the software-defined data center," said Hatem Naguib, vice president, Networking and Security at VMware. "The new release of Check Point Virtual Edition, when combined with the latest release of vSphere or our new VMware NSX network virtualization platform, will offer our customers a simple solution to secure, manage and automate their virtualization and cloud environments."

The addition of Check Point’s security software is but the latest in a series of new announcements for VMware’s virtual machine lineup. Earlier this week, the company announced the release of its Horizon Desktop as a Service (DaaS) offering, which allows enterprises to host servers on a hybrid cloud desktop for a monthly subscription fee.  HotLink also recently improved its DR Express program for vSphere, which allows HotLink customers to add hybrid-networking automation for more rapid recovery in Amazon Web Services in case of an on-premise failure.