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November 13, 2009

IBM launches Virtual Server Security

To help businesses guard against virtual environment threats

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has introduced Virtual Server Security for VMware vSphere, a software product, designed to secure and protect organisations’ virtual server infrastructure.

According to IBM, Virtual Server Security provides protection for virtual infrastructure and by integrating with VMware VMsafe technology, the new software provides visibility, security granularity and scalability.

Automatic protection features include Virtual Network Access Control (VNAC), to limit network access from a virtual server until security posture is confirmed; rootkit detection and prevention, to increase virtual server uptime and availability; virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting, to identify vulnerabilities; and autodiscovery and virtual network segment protection, to provide visibility and control of the virtual infrastructure, the company said.

IBM said that the available automatic protection features in the new software product help clients to meet compliance standards and regulation requirements.

Shekar Ayyar, vice president of infrastructure alliances at Vmware, said:For data center managers needing security solutions for their virtualised environments, the combination of IBM Virtual Server Security for VMware, together with VMware vSphere, can provide better visibility and control of data down to the finest granular level, preempting threats before they materialise. The combined solution leveraging VMware VMsafe is another step forward in helping customers deploy more secure virtual environments.

Virtual Server Security will be available in December 2009.

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