Kaspersky Security for Virtualization

Designed and optimised for virtual infrastructures

  • Developed for virtual servers and VDI
  • Security for VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and KVM platforms
  • Powerful yet lightweight protection for XenDesktop and Horizon
  • Helps maintain high consolidation ratios
  • Advanced file and network level protection

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  • File-level anti-malware

    Kaspersky’s award-winning anti-malware engine provides automatic, real-time protection for every virtual machine (VM) – on-access and on-demand – for most popular virtualisation platforms including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer and KVM.

  • Performance optimisation

    A dedicated Security Virtual Appliance (SVA) installed onto a hypervisor allows the off-loading of file scanning tasks, minimising any impact on VM operations and performance.

    Peaks in resource consumption are also reduced via intelligent scan task orchestration, automating queues by grouping and prioritising scan tasks on multiple VMs.

  • Shared Cache

    In large-scale environments, files are often duplicated across multiple VMs. Unlike legacy security products, which scan every instance of the file on each VM, Kaspersky Security for Virtualization includes Shared Cache technology. A single instance of multiple identical files is scanned and the verdict is stored in the shared cache, significantly reducing scanning activity and improving overall VM performance.

  • Advanced network protection

    Kaspersky Security for Virtualization also provides network protection functionality. Depending on the configuration, this is delivered either via a dedicated SVA or through guest machine-based mechanisms. In the latter, a flexible Application Firewall allows network governance not only at protocol, but also at applications level. Network Attack Blocker is a compact yet powerful IDS/IPS system capable of recognising and blocking both known and unknown network-based attacks, including those using specific exploits.

  • Multi-layered security for VDI environments

    Outstanding multi-layered protection for VMware Horizon and Citrix XenDesktop, which impacts neither end-user experience nor VDI platform responsiveness. Our lightweight solution delivers superior security for VDI, providing protection against advanced threats (crypto malware, zero-day exploits, unpatched vulnerabilities, etc.). We achieve this by layering threat detection and blocking technologies (including heuristics, behavior analysis and Automatic Exploit Prevention (AEP)) over traditional file-level protection. Additional proactive security layers such as Web, Device and Application Controls further promote significantly increased resilience to attacks.

  • Central management console

    Kaspersky Security Center gives administrators a ‘single-pane-of-glass’ view of all endpoints being protected by Kaspersky technologies – including virtual, physical and mobile devices.

  • Cloud-assisted security

    Integration with the cloud-based Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) proactively defends virtual servers and desktops against emerging global malware; new threats can be identified in as little as 0.02 seconds.

  • NSX compatibility

    Kaspersky Security for Virtualization adds yet another layer of security to VMware NSX-enabled environments, providing file-level protection via native NSX Guest Introspection.

    Please note that, VMware NSX, like any other software-defined network technology, is not a pre-requisite for Kaspersky Security for Virtualization deployment.

  • Security designed specifically for virtualised infrastructures

    Because Kaspersky Security for Virtualization has been specifically developed to protect virtual machines (VMs), it helps businesses maintain a high machine density and high performance – protecting your virtualisation ROI while eliminating update and scanning ‘storms’, as well as Windows of Vulnerability or ‘instant-on’ gaps.

  • Preserves virtualisation platform performance

    For virtualised environments, maintaining security without affecting performance is critical. Kaspersky Security for Virtualization delivers a far lighter resource footprint than traditional solutions, optimising file-level scanning tasks, fine-tuning protection technologies and orchestrating scanning tasks to preserve virtualisation platform performance.

    Instead of a traditional security agent installed on every virtual machine, Kaspersky Security for Virtualization offers a more efficient way to protect your virtualised environment –placing less load on processors, memory, storage and I/O:

    • Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, KVM and VMware vSphere environments can be secured through a single (SVA) Security Virtual Appliance on each virtual host, and a very lightweight agent installed on each VM.
    • Alternatively, VMware vSphere environments can also be secured with an agentless security solution – so just one instance of the security software protects every VM running on each virtualisation host.
  • Preserves fast log-on and application responses for VDI

    Our solution architecture dramatically enhances end-user experience, promoting improved VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) security, without sacrificing performance or important parameters like log-on time and boot time.

  • Award-winning anti-malware delivers superior security for your systems

    Kaspersky Lab’s latest anti-malware engine combines signature-based, proactive and cloud-assisted technologies, to deliver superior detection rates – including protection against zero-day threats.

  • Easy-to-use, central management console saves time for your IT team

    A single, unified administration console lets your IT team centrally manage the security of all your VMs plus other Kaspersky Lab security applications you’re running on physical infrastructure and mobile devices. By making it easier for your team to manage hybrid environments –combining virtual, physical and mobile platforms – Kaspersky Lab helps you to roll out virtualisation projects at your own pace.

  • Flexible licensing helps you control costs

    Because we offer you a choice of ‘per machine’ – including ‘per desktop’ and ‘per server’ – or ‘per core’ licensing options, you can choose the most cost-effective licensing model for your business needs. Choose our agentless security solution, move forward with our light agent solution, or use a combination of both – one license fits all.

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