VMworld: Trend Micro Upgrades Server Security Platform; Launches Cloud Compatibility Program

On the technology side, the security platform, known as "Deep Security 9" has offerings for companies of varying size, but it is also geared towards managed service providers, as well as the more traditional VAR or integrator. The suite leverages both agentless and agent-based protection mechanisms to secure virtual servers and desktops connected to both private and public clouds.

Features to the existing package include anti-malware, firewall, intrusion prevention, integrity monitoring and log inspection, which are often a central to regulatory compliance requirements, such as PCI, HIPAA, NIST and SAS 70.

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"We've brought together some upgrades that address key issues in the hybrid cloud environment," said David Lu, senior product group manager at Trend Micro. "Deep Security 9 now delivers an even more powerful value proposition for our customers, our channel partners and also our partners in the service provider community."

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New enhancements announced at VMworld include integration into vCloud Director and Amazon Web Services, with a corresponding management console, as well as support for vSphere 5.1, vCloud Networking and Security 5.1. The agentless variant of the platform will now include VMware ESX level caching and deduplication. In addition, Intel's TPM/TXT technology is aimed at enhancing the ability to monitor for any unauthorized changes to the hypervisor.

"This upgrade is almost a complete rewrite of Deep Security 9," added Warren Wu, director of product group management at Trend Micro. "The enhanced version has a higher degree of self-service, elasticity, and the ability to auto-deploy updates. It is a very good enterprise-grade package."

Meanwhile, the company's new go-to-market program, known as the "Trend Ready for Cloud Service Providers Program," has been developed in tandem with a variety of public cloud service providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Dell, HP Cloud Services, NTT Communications, OpSource, Dimension Data and others. It is designed to assist in compatibility verification of Trend Micro products with the offerings of those respective companies. Participants in the program will also be provided with implementation guides to help establish best practices and recommended configurations to suit particular circumstances.