Bitdefender has unveiled a security tool that integrates with VMware's vShield Endpoint to protect VMware virtualised systems.
Bitdefender Security for Virtualised Environments functions as a virtual appliance dedicated to monitoring other systems on a VMware deployment.
First unveiled in 2010, VMware vShield Endpoint allows for a single virtual appliance to provide monitoring and anti-malware functions for all virtual machines, eliminating the need for each instance to have its own locally installed security software.
Eliminating locally installed security means that administrators can solve performance bottlenecks which can arise when multiple virtual machines simultaneously attempt to perform automated scans and updates.
The software can also help mitigate the security risks that can arise if a virtual machine is powered off during its scheduled scan or update.
"As organisations increase consolidation ratios, security products designed specifically to address the challenges encountered in virtual environments are playing a critical role," said Bitdefender chief technology officer Bogdan Dumitru.
"The architecture of Security for Virtualised Environments allows organisations to maximise the return on investment in their datacentre."
Collaborating with third parties has been a key theme for VMware at its 2011 VMworld conference. Vendors such as Citrix, Riverbed Technology and HP have unveiled products to better integrate their respective platforms with VMware.
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