John Maddison, executive general manager of Trend's data center business, says adding malware removal capability is "on the roadmap'" for work with VMware in its vShield initiative.
That partnership -- which involves significant investment from Trend -- is born from the sense that it's worth it if there's the chance to gain ground against larger rivals Symantec and McAfee, which have held back from embracing the vShield approach, which is ultimately controlled by VMware.
McAfee and Symantec have a huge installed base and they're "wary of losing that," says Maddison. But Trend more than a year ago decided to take the gamble of working on the agentless approach with VMware. The Deep Security product, which costs $1,000 per server, has reached the point where 40% of the sales are based on the agentless approach, says Maddison.
"Long-term, the agent is broken" as far as virtualization is concerned, he contends. Trend still offers its long-running agent-based OfficeScan software products for file servers, desktops and Macs. But if corporations that have rapidly adopted virtualization also move forward as expected with virtual-desktop infrastructure (VDI), it appears likely that the role of agent-based anti-malware will have primary importance for mobile endpoints in the future, says Maddison. "The endpoint is moving to mobility and security," he says.
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