"One of the nice things about having a programmable infrastructure is that partners can immediately take advantage of it and start extending it."
VMware has adopted a new distributed architecture in vShield 5 that uses a security VM running on every host, with each host handling between 50 and 100 VMs. Not all customers have that high of a ratio, VMware is touting the performance gains made possible by this distributed approach.
In vShield 5, VMware is adding a network layer 2 firewall will let security vendors integrate their intrusion prevention system (IPS) products. VMware expects to eventually work with McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro, HP TippingPoint, Cisco and Sourcefire on the network security side of VShield.