Secure the Virtual Desktop Environment

Virtual Desktop (VDI) deployments are growing rapidly, but VDI  introduces new security challenges. Since virtual desktop solutions consolidate desktop processing onto centralized servers, resource-intensive tasks like virus scanning can have a significant impact on performance, necessitating additional server hardware and resulting in lower consolidation ratios. Virtual desktops also need proper access controls to limit third-party extranet users from accessing internal resources that they shouldn’t.

VMware enables optimized antivirus and anti-malware security for virtual environments via integration with VMware partners. VMware vShield Endpoint™ allows security technology partners to offer more efficient antivirus and anti-malware protection for virtual hosts, including Horizon (with View)™ desktops.

  • Offload antivirus and anti-malware functions from individual virtual machines to a centralized secure virtual appliance.
  • Streamline security management and protect against antivirus “storms,” performance bottlenecks and botnet attacks.
  • Increase consolidation ratios.

In order to control access into and out of VDI environments, VMware vCloud® Networking and Security Edge™ and App are used to create logical security perimeters around virtual desktop infrastructure. This capability ensures that VDI users can only access applications and data they are authorized to use and also prevents unauthorized access into the VDI desktops from the rest of the network.