VMware is going to launch a new product to shield its core software from cyber threats. The new AppDefense software will debut at the annual VMworld tech conference and focus on securing the core virtual machines at the heart of its vSphere server virtualization product against these dangerous malware and other threats. The VMworld 2017 event is expected to draw 23,000 of the company’s customers and partners to Las Vegas.
Senior principal analyst with market research firm ESG., Jon Oltsik said, “AppDefense fills an important check box for the company.” He mentioned, “VMware has said for years that if you use its products right you can improve security, but never really told people how. With AppDefense and the security features already embedded in VMware’s NSX networking and VSAN data storage products, it now has a better story.”
“AppDefense lets the virtual machine learn good behavior and any time it sees behavior that deviates from that it can take action”, said VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger. VMware is working with other security vendors including IBM, CarbonBlack, SecureWorks, Puppet, and RSA to make sure AppDefense works well with their products. AppDefense will run with VMware’s current Vsphere 6.5 server virtualization software. And that means it should also run on Amazon Web Services as part of the promised VMWare Cloud for AWS product announced last year.