Product Watch: IBM Unveils New Virtual Server Security Offering

VMware offering will help users build security into virtualized data centers, Big Blue says

Tim Wilson, Editor in Chief, Dark Reading, Contributor

November 13, 2009

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IBM today introduced IBM Virtual Server Security for VMware vSphere, a software product designed to help organizations secure and protect their virtual server infrastructures.

The software will help safeguard virtual server environments and allow businesses a more secure path for transitioning critical assets to virtual enterprise data centers, IBM says.

The new security capabilities "are required because of reduced visibility and control that come with the addition of more information technology layers" in virtual server environments, IBM says. "Given this changing landscape, traditional security made for physical computing environments becomes inadequate as a sole solution," it says.

The new IBM Virtual Server Security for VMware vSphere helps address these concerns, providing protection for every layer of the virtual infrastructure, including the hypervisor, operating system, network, applications, server-based virtual desktops, virtual machine, and traffic between virtual machines, the company says.

By integrating with VMware VMsafe technology, the new software provides clients with better visibility, security granularity, and scalability in their growing virtual data centers, IBM says.

The new capabilities include Virtual Network Access Control (VNAC) to limit network access from a virtual server until security posture is confirmed, rootkit detection and prevention, virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting to identify vulnerabilities, and autodiscovery to provide visibility and control of the virtual infrastructure.

IBM Virtual Server Security for VMware vSphere will be available in December.

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Tim Wilson, Editor in Chief, Dark Reading


Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one of the top cyber security journalists in the US in voting among his peers, conducted by the SANS Institute. In 2011 he was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Voices in Security by SYS-CON Media.

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