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Kaspersky Lab to Support VMware vShield for Virtual Data Centres

Research shows that security of virtual environments is a major concern for IT managers

Abingdon, UK. 20 April 2011 – Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, has today announced that it will support VMware vShield Endpoint from later this year. Kaspersky Lab’s support of VMware vShield Endpoint will offer comprehensive protection for virtual machines from the latest malware threats without compromising speed and performance.

New online research undertaken for Kaspersky Lab by YouGov reveals that around one in four (26 per cent) of IT managers surveyed considered security to be a major concern when implementing virtualized environments.

VMware vShield Endpoint streamlines and accelerates anti-virus and anti-malware processing. It improves performance and provides comprehensive security by eliminating the need for agents in every virtual machine. In addition, the solution optimises resource utilisation by offloading anti-virus processing to a single security virtual machine, delivered by Kaspersky Lab.

In 2010 Kaspersky security experts collected more than 13 million unique malware samples, challenging businesses of all sizes to deal with this rapidly escalating threat landscape. This challenge is complicated by increasingly decentralised and ever-expanding computing environments. Plus, many companies lack the resources to effectively cope with the difficulties of securing their computing infrastructure, and can ill-afford the potential damage and exposure that comes from poor protection.

“Kaspersky Lab is truly excited to support VMware vShield for our mutual customers. Our support of VMware vShield enables our clients to securely maintain state-of-the-art, multi-layered anti-malware strategies across virtual environments and heterogeneous IT infrastructures, with a level of performance and Total Cost of Protection that truly meets their business needs,” commented Nikolay Grebennikov, Chief Technology Officer at Kaspersky Lab.

“As a leading provider of high-performance endpoint security solutions, VMware is committed to working closely with Kaspersky to protect the rapidly growing number of virtualised environments. We are collaborating with Kaspersky Lab to deliver a tightly integrated solution to secure and optimise the performance and protection of our mutual clients,” said Parag Patel, Vice President, Global Strategic Alliances at VMware.