VMware vShield Endpoint optimizes antivirus and other host and endpoint security for use in VMware vSphere 4.1 and VMware View 4.5 environments.
Offload key antivirus and anti-malware functions to a hardened, tamperproof security virtual machine, eliminating agent footprint. The robust and secure hypervisor introspection capabilities in vSphere prevent compromise of the antivirus and anti-malware service. vShield Endpoint plugs directly into vSphere and consists of hardened security virtual machine (delivered by VMware partners), a driver for virtual machines to offload file events, and the VMware Endpoint security (EPSEC) loadable kernel module (LKM) to link the first two components at the hypervisor layer.
- Streamline antivirus and anti-malware deployment: Deploy enterprise antivirus engine and signature file to a single security virtual machine instead of each and every individual virtual machine on a vSphere host
- Improve virtual machine performance: Securely achieve higher consolidation ratios by the same offload mechanism as described above
- Prevent antivirus storms and bottlenecks: Prevent antivirus storms and bottlenecks associated with multiple simultaneous antivirus and anti-malware scans and updates
- Protect antivirus security software from attack: Deploy and run the antivirus and anti-malware client software in a hardened security virtual machine to prevent targeted attacks