VMware buys Determina

VMware buys Determina

Summary: Virtual machine software powerhouse VMWare has quietly acquired Determina to beef up the security capabilities of hypervisors and virtualized workloads.

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VMWare buys Determina

Virtual machine software powerhouse VMWare has quietly acquired Determina to beef up the security capabilities of hypervisors and virtualized workloads.

VMware notified research firm Gartner about the deal on August 13 but a public announcement has not yet been made. Financial terms are unknown.

Gartner security analyst Neil MacDonald expects VMware to integrate the Determina Memory Firewall HIPS solution into the ESX hypervisor, allowing the hypervisor itself can provide an additional level of protection against intrusions.

Determina's LiveShield, which provides realtime vulnerability protection, could also be used by VMware to shield the hypervisor and guest OSs from attacks on known vulnerabilities in situations where these have not yet been patched, MacDonald said.

"Both Determina technologies are fairly OS- and application-neutral, providing VMware with an easy way to protect ESX as well as Linux- and Windows-based guest OSs," he added.

Topics: Operating Systems, VMware

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  • Doesn't make sense...

    Adding any additional processing into the hypervisor would be a really bad idea and would slow everything down. Why would VMware pork up the hypervisor while it's simultaneously trying to slim it down and have the hardware help reduce the load?
    Uber Dweeb
    • duh

      so have 100% of resources available to load and run whatever nastiness is coming through a known unpatched exploit is better than having some overhead to stop that from happening.

      Sure I guess I can see your point but obviously VMware thinks not everyone would agree.
      sbj