VMware Takes Aim At Hackers With AppDefense, Brings Security To The Virtualization, Networking Layers

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VMware Monday opened its annual VMworld conference with the formal introduction of its long-expected cloud-based and virtual machine-based security offering.

The new offering, formerly known as Goldilocks but now formally known as VMware AppDefense, is focused on protecting customer applications and infrastructure based on the growing VMware NSX software-defined networking platform across multiple clouds, said Chris Wolf, vice president and chief technology officer for global field and industry at VMware.

There are three main elements to VMware AppDefense, Wolf told CRN.

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The first is an application focus as customers grow increasingly concerned over growing threats from malware, ransomware and other attacks, Wolf said.

The second is a focus on infrastructure security, an area where traditional approaches to security have been static for some time, Wolf said. "Traditional security can't respond to dynamic threats," he said. "We can provide virtualized applications with full security that scales as needed."

The third is a focus on the overall security ecosystem with the ability for AppDefense to work in conjunction with technology from several dozen security-focused vendors, he said.

VMware AppDefense is very much tied to VMware's NSX software-defined networking platform, Wolf said.

"NSX has been developed as a consistent platform for networking and security," he said. "NSX provides a core set of services that lets our partners provide true differentiation. We let partners extend what we do with our platform so customers can take advantage of NSX and the apps they are used to working with."

The tie between NSX and VMware AppDefense allows AppDefense to provide three powerful capabilities, said Tom Corn, VMware's senior vice president of security products.

The first is the ability to capture and discover applications and determine those applications' behavior because AppDefense is plugged into VMware's vCenter management platform, Corn said. "We're in a unique spot to see everything that's going on," he said.

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