Citrix, McAfee Partner on XenDesktop Security

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McAfee Management for Optimized Virtualized Environments AntiVirus (MOVE AV) integrates with Citrix XenDesktop.

Virtual computing solutions specialist Citrix Systems delivered the first product of a joint collaboration with security firm McAfee announced earlier this year to make virtual desktop security simpler and more scalable for large enterprise deployments. McAfee Management for Optimized Virtualized Environments AntiVirus (MOVE AV) has been specifically designed for Citrix XenDesktop (which transforms Windows desktops into an on-demand service), making it possible for customers to secure corporate data and applications delivered to virtual desktops running on servers in the datacenter.

McAfee and Citrix also previewed the next phase of their partnership, which would allow for the extension of McAfee MOVE to support millions of laptop users by integrating security directly into the Citrix XenClient hypervisor. XenClient, a core feature of XenDesktop, is a secure-by-design client virtualization platform, enabling virtual desktops "to go" by delivering native performance to virtual desktops running directly on PCs and laptops.

"Desktop virtualization is rapidly being adopted as the best way to solve critical business objectives of enabling virtual workstyles for users and increasing agility for IT. Simple and scalable security specifically designed for virtual environments is a critical requirement for mainstream adoption of desktop virtualization," said Raj Dhingra, group vice president and general manager of the XenDesktop product group at Citrix. "With the availability of MOVE for hosted virtual desktops, and the upcoming extension of its capabilities to client-side virtual desktops, our customers are realizing the benefits of the best-in-class security capabilities from McAfee designed for the industry-leading desktop virtualization solution, XenDesktop."

The companies said in a joint statement that the addition of McAfee MOVE to all XenDesktop virtual desktops – whether running on the server or in a local client-side VM – would help simplify desktop security and increase user density by 60 percent through a "virtualization aware" centralized service where resources are optimized and intelligence is shared. For example, if McAfee MOVE encounters malware, it can process appropriate behavior based on a set of security policies on behalf of the guest attempting to access the file. Additionally, it will also update all of the other guests supported by MOVE.

"While traditional security tools and solutions can get in the way of maximizing the full power of virtualization, McAfee is providing optimized security solutions specifically designed for virtualized environments," said Candace Worley general manager of McAfee’s endpoint protection business unit. "McAfee and Citrix are giving customers security that is flexible, secure and designed to protect virtual desktops and server without impacting performance."