Video demo of McAfee A/V Offloading virtual appliance from Citrix Synergy 2010

At Synergy, McAfee announced their new virtual endpoint security platform, called MOVE (Management for Optimized Virtual Environments). A key part of this platform, called A/V Offloading, removes the need to run an antivirus solution inside each virtual machine by offloading all the scanning and processing (real-time and on-demand) to a virtual appliance. The virtual appliance talks to lightweight agents running in each of the VMs, but all the hard works is done out-of-band. Because of this, McAfee is claiming up to a 3x improvement in VM density on a host (which I'm sure MANY people will test when the opportunity presents itself).

Frankly, this is the type of thing the world has been waiting for. I'm sure that other antivirus vendors are already working on their own similar solutions, but cheers to McAfee being the first to market with this.

In this video, McAfee's Director of Product Management in the System Security Group, Kishore Yerrapragada gives a short overview of the platform and shows a quick demo of the resource consumption of virtual machines with and without A/V Offloading turned on.

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Awesome, this is definitely a step in the right direction. Putting AV computing in the datacenter is a big leap because we don't need it on the client at all.


Sometimes there are certanties that exist where computing should reside on, glad to see SBC win another one.


Rant of the day: IF SBC is the majority of VDI in the future THEN thin clients become mainstream OR there's just a bunch of under utilized high powered client machines around.


Isn't virtualization supposed to enable a dynamic infra? Shouldn't we aim to use as much as we can out of the processing power that we buy, regardless of if it's on the server or the client?


Client side hypervisors = 2nd half of the execution method equation.


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End point security has always been a problem in virtualised environments where multiple instances of the security stack (AV, Antispyware, IPS etc) are installed on each virtual instance (VDI, VM etc). As the number of virtual instances grow per host, with the higher consolidation ratios now available (especially in VDI clusters), the resource footprint of the security stack increases significantly. I guess that is why at Citrix Synergy 2010, Citrix released announcement of their partnership with McAfee, the world leader in enterprise end point protection, to develop a solution to the problem for virtual desktops (VDI) – to off load the processor intensive tasks of DAT updates, scanning etc from the VDI to the virtual infrastructure. We'll see what will come of it.


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Sometimes there are certanties that exist where computing should reside on, glad to see SBC win another one.


Rant of the day: IF SBC is the majority of VDI in the future THEN thin clients become mainstream OR there's just a bunch of under utilized high powered client machines around.


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Great Video by Kishore Yerrapragada, this is a good step in the right direction. A/V Offloading is a great feature, there is no need to run an antivirus solution inside each virtual machine. I'm happy that McAfee is the first to the market with this...this is without a doubt the type of thing the world has been waiting for.


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