VMware isn’t the only big name making big announcements at VMworld 2014. Intel’s McAfee just rolled out data center security news that’s turning heads. Specifically, McAfee announced updates to its Server Security Suites portfolio, which comes in two flavors.
The upgrades include performance optimization and more efficient management to improve security for servers deployed in physical, virtualized and cloud environments. With these enhancements, McAfee said enterprises can discover workloads, get more visibility, apply broader protection with policy management and even expand server instances securely in public clouds.
“Today’s flexible data centers require innovative solutions that shield physical, virtual and cloud environments from stealthy attacks,” said Candace Worley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of endpoint security at McAfee. Worley then ticked off the same laundry list of benefits for guarding what she calls the “crown jewels of the data center,” using phrases like “simplified security management” and “improved scalability.”
Two Flavors Available
McAfee’s premise is simple: There are terabytes of data stored on servers, putting them at the top of a hacker's list -- and that makes securing them a top priority.
McAfee Server Security Suites deliver what the company calls “foundational elements” that promise to secure servers that support the needs of today’s data center. Of course, part of what data centers demand is flexibility and scalability so businesses can expand whether the underlying infrastructure is on-premises or off-premises.
McAfee Server Security Suite Essentials gets you the basics, providing what the company calls foundational server security protection and management for physical, virtual, and cloud deployments. McAfee Server Security Suite Advanced includes all the features of McAfee Server Security Suite Essentials and more. You also get whitelisting to protect against zero-day threats and change control to meet regulatory requirements. That, according to McAfee, offers faster time-to-protection with low performance overhead.
Ready for Move?
Both security solutions come equipped with Move AV technology that promises advanced malware protection for virtualized server environments.
“We have started the deployment of the new McAfee Move AV 3.5 and it has been an extremely low touch and effective roll out,” said Larry Harder, senior technical specialist at MTSallstream. “McAfee provides the optimized management and protection we need to secure our virtualized server environment.”
IT admins can implement Move AV across multiple vendor platforms, or an agentless, tuned option for VMware vShield. In fact, the solutions seem to work hand in hand with VMware products, including leveraging VMware vCloud Networking and Security, a hypervisor-based solution for virtualized data centers.
“The enhanced McAfee Move AV 3.5 is a significant advancement for our organization,” said Sander Goudswaard, information IT specialist at N.V. Westerscheldetunnel. “The new scan reporting feature enables us to proactively optimize the scanning process by excluding frequently-scanned locations that we consider safe.”