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Protecting Virtual Servers

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Are you looking to protect virtual desktops (VDI) or virtual servers?

On what hypervisor are you running or planning to run your virtual desktops?

On what hypervisor are you running or planning to run your virtual servers?

Which of the following best describes the virtual servers you need to protect?

– We Recommend – Sophos Endpoint Antivirus

Sophos Endpoint Antivirus provides the best protection for virtual desktops — and for traditional desktops and notebooks, too. Features include a client-based firewall, web protection, HIPS, buffer overflow protection, application control, device control and more.

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– We Recommend – Sophos Antivirus for vShield

Sophos Antivirus for vShield provides screaming fast performance and the ultimate in management simplicity for Windows guests running on VMware ESXi. Agentless, centralized scanning ensures every VM is protected as soon as it comes online. Advanced caching reduces the load on your hosts and slashes scan times.

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– We Recommend – Sophos Server Protection

Sophos Server Protection provides high performance, low impact security for Windows, Linux, Mac and UNIX servers. It is optimized for VMware ESX/ESXi, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V, so your servers make the best use of the available resources. You get reliable protection against the latest threats, thanks to HIPS, buffer overflow protection, application control and LiveProtection powered by SophosLabs*. Sophos Server Protection also includes Sophos Antivirus for vShield for the ultimate in performance and manageability of Windows guests running on VMware ESXi.

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*not all features available on all platforms.

Security designed for virtual environments

We built Sophos Antivirus for vShield to work seamlessly with virtual platforms. Instead of installing a traditional antivirus agent on each virtual machine, we provide a lightweight, centralized scanner to secure all the guests on a host. This process gives you fast, effective protection with lower resource use and simpler management.

Web Application Firewall Convenient Profiles

Virtual Security

Real-time threat protection with automatic cleanup

Sophos Antivirus for vShield features an advanced cleanup capability. As soon as it detects malware, Sophos immediately quarantines the file. A cleanup agent is automatically deployed to the infected guest virtual machine to discover and remove all remnants of the threat both on the disk and in the memory. Once the cleanup is complete, you’ll receive a confirmation on Sophos Enterprise Console.

High performance, low impact

Sophos Antivirus for vShield outperforms not only traditional endpoint antivirus, but also competing virtualization security tools. In a head to head test, our efficient scanning engine and advanced clean-file caching produced 90% less impact on file server write throughput when compared with Trend Micro Deep Security and McAfee MOVE Agentless.

By taking full advantage of VMware's vShield Endpoint technology, Sophos Antivirus for vShield also eliminates scan storms and update storms—spikes in resource use caused by concurrent scans and updates.

Endpoint Central Management
Endpoint Maintain Control

Automatic protection, easy management

Sophos Antivirus for vShield automatically protects all supported guest virtual machines as soon as they come online. Create policies, view alerts, request scans, and generate reports for all your virtual systems from our intuitive management console.

You can use the on-premise Sophos Enterprise Console or Sophos Cloud web-based management console to manage all of your Sophos-protected workstations and physical servers, too.

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    I was worried I had ‘rogue,’ unprotected VM in my network. I deployed Sophos’ vShield solution and it worked a treat!  We found Conficker on an old XP VMs that was not running traditional [antivirus].
    -Dean Eyre, Technical Architect, Cheshire and Merseyside Commissioning Support Unit, UK National Health Service