Symantec and VMware announced a desktop-as-a-service offering with integrated security and end-to-end application and data management capabilities.
desktops with security built-in are coming soon to enterprises and IT service
providers, according to Symantec and VMware.
and VMware expanded their strategic partnership to offer desktop-as-a-service
applications with integrated security and management, Symantec said Aug. 31.
The combined offering will combine Symantec Endpoint Protection and the Altiris
Client Management Suite with VMware's virtual desktop and cloud products,
including VMware View, vShield, vCloud Director 1.5 and vSphere 5, Symantec
will use Symantec Endpoint Protection and VMware vShield to protect desktops
from internal and external threats, regardless of whether they come via email,
the Web or storage devices, the company said. The day-to-day demands of
managing the environment and the applications installed on the systems will be
handled by the management suite.
partnership with VMware demonstrates the commitment by both organizations to
jointly innovate with the goal of delivering a differentiated, secure and easy
to manage hosted virtual desktop experience," said Chirantan
"CJ" Desai, senior vice president of the Endpoint and Mobility Group
are beginning to consider virtual desktop environments to serve mobile employees
and to allow employees to access corporate applications on devices other than
and VMware's desktop-as-a-service initiative will allow organizations to deploy
virtual desktops that are highly resilient, cost-effective and secure, Symantec
DaaS announcement was made at the VMworld 2011 conference, taking place from
Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 in Las Vegas. Also at the conference, VMware announced it
had added Symantec to its vShield product-development program. As part of the
partner ecosystem, Symantec will develop data protection for VMworld's vSphere
5 using the vShield API.
is a key area of interest for Symantec as organizations start considering ways
to take advantage of the cost benefits of the cloud, Ashish Mohindroo, senior
director of enterprise security product marketing at Symantec, told eWEEK. The
transition away from physical machines to virtual ones provides Symantec with
the opportunity to help organizations secure the new systems against external
threats, he said.
are interested in virtualizing more of their infrastructure and consolidating
shared server and storage resources, John Magee, vice president of product
marketing for the cloud and virtualization group at Symantec, told eWEEK. They
have most likely already migrated test environments, file and print servers,
and individual line-of-business applications, Magee said.
to get the most out of virtualization, organizations have to migrate
business-critical applications, such as e-commerce systems, email, content
management and database-intensive applications such as Enterprise Resource
Management, Magee said. But many organizations are deterred from doing so
because of security and compliance concerns, he said. Disaster recovery also
becomes a bigger concern.
not to say organizations weren't thinking about security, compliance or
disaster recovery for earlier deployments, Magee said. They may have relied on
security protections already in place within the enterprise, such as
configuring the perimeter to recognize the new virtual machines and protecting
the physical host, he said. The business-critical applications generally
require VM-specific security, especially if there are compliance or regulatory
requirements to fulfill, according to Magee.
more important the app, the more important these other concerns become," he