The release of vSphere 4.0 introduced something really revolutionary to the virtual world, VMsafe. The article published here dates all the way back to 2008. In addition, VMwold 2010 did some name changing and introduced vShield Edge. We're mid-way through 2011, so it's taken a bit over 3 years for a vendor to actually bring a completely baked product to market.
VMsafe isn't an actual product within vSphere itself but is a set of APIs that allows a 3rd party security vendor to do anti-virus scanning without the need to use agents on the VMs. This is HUGE! Have you ever stepped back to wonder how many CPU (and human) cycles are wasted on anti-virus scanning, deployment, and updates? Every server gets the updates, every server has to do scheduled scans, and there is an administrator out there that has to manage all of that. This is the one piece of software that needs to be re-engineered for a virtualized environment. This key piece of security software has been done the same way for physical environments, and everyone knows that virtualization changed everything.Add a comment