Introduced amid the internet security firm's enterprise IT summit in San Francisco on Tuesday, the Kaspersky Security for Virtualization Light Agent is characterized as a "best of both worlds" model, redirecting heavy processing workloads to a virtual appliance while promising to keep all endpoints secure.
Essentially, the Kaspersky plan installs a small software agent on each virtual machine, which can be deployed without rebooting, for the purpose of guarding the virtual network.
Along with an assortment of application and device controls available for IT admins, the light agent solution also includes all of the same security capabilities that come with Kaspersky Lab’s agentless method, which is directed toward datacenters and server environments that don’t access the Internet.
This light agent is Kaspersky Lab’s first security solution optimized specifically for Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer customers.
For VMware customers, the light agent is designed to complement Kaspersky Lab's existing virtualization security portfolio for VMware's flagship cloud and virtualization operating system, vSphere. Thus, VMware users will now have a choice between agentless or light-agent protection.
For the time being, the light agent technology is only available upon request in the United States until April 22, when it is slated to roll out for purchase across the U.S., Russia, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and the Middle East.
Full commercial availability for all global regions is scheduled to follow in the next several weeks.