Simplifying Virtual Desktop Security with McAfee

By Steve Wexler  |  Print this article Print

HP, Dell, McAfee, Wyse, Devon IT and WhipTail Tech are among the vendors that announced new products and partnerships at the Citrix channel and customer event. Meanwhile Citrix focused on the importance of demos in showing customers the true value behind desktop virtualization.

Citrix also announced a strategic partnership and collaboration agreement with McAfee, Inc. that is intended to make virtual desktop security simpler and more scalable for large enterprise deployments. The collaboration will enable XenDesktop customers to extend management of desktop security to virtual environments using the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator platform, addressing the need to provide granular endpoint security policies for each virtual desktop while also addressing scalability, performance and complexity challenges that arise from virtualization.

As part of the agreement, Citrix plans to collaborate with McAfee to develop security solutions for VDI-based virtual desktops that centralize all virus scanning and virus signature file updates, off-loading the processing intensive actions from the individual VMs. This is to enhance the security and scalability of virtual desktop deployments by reducing CPU, memory and storage requirements, and to simplify desktop security and lifecycle management. The results of the collaboration are planned for release late in the second half of 2010 and will be designed to secure XenDesktop deployments on Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware ESX.