OfficeScan 10.5, expected out in July, also includes firewalling and intrusion prevention in addition to malware protection. Trend indicates it is looking at supporting Microsoft's desktop virtualization in the future.When it comes to anti-malware and security protection for desktop virtual-machine environments, "all of the big ones, like McAfee, Symantec and Trend, are chasing this opportunity," says Jon Oltsik, senior principle analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.
Research by ESG indicates that 21% of enterprises appear to have already implemented some type of desktop virtualization technology while another 39% are planning to implement it in the future or at least have interest in it.
New kinds of resources-related issues are coming to the fore. "Endpoint security software must be able to distinguish between a physical and virtual desktop," Oltsik points out. "In the physical world, you can count on captive resources, but with virtual desktops, resources like CPUs, memory and disk are shared. If endpoint security can't make that distinction, it could become a resource hog and really impact the performance of all virtual desktop images running on physical servers."
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