Amazon Web Services and CheckPoint announced the availability of Virtual Appliance for Amazon Web Services, a product that empowers Amazon Web Services customers to deploy more than 30 security applications within their EC2 virtual environment. Virtual Appliance for Amazon Web Services enables AWS customers to select and deploy applications for firewall, antivirus, URL filtering, application control, intrusion prevention, mobile access and data loss prevention. Because the virtual appliance leverages the same code used by CheckPoint’s on premise security applications, it caters to users already familiar with CheckPoint’s security products by delivering applications that resemble those within its on premise security suite. CheckPoint’s base product for Amazon Web Services features a firewall and virtual gateway priced at $2000. Users can subsequently add more “blades” to their virtual appliance that correspond to the security products they would like to deploy within a virtual environment for $1500 per blade. By partnering with CheckPoint to deliver a virtual appliance, Amazon Web Services started off the New Year by addressing cloud security, one of the most pressing contemporary concerns in the cloud computing space.