Trend Micro Optimizes Enterprise Endpoint Protection With Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Intelligence

Extending its virtualization infrastructure offerings, Trend Micro adds industry-first VDI-awareness to OfficeScan(TM) 10.5, enabling improved security, easier manageability, and lower costs for virtual and physical desktops

Jun 10, 2010, 13:38 ET from Trend Micro

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CUPERTINO, Calif., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Trend Micro announced today the industry's first hypervisor "agnostic," virtualization-aware endpoint security offering: Trend Micro OfficeScan 10.5, the company's endpoint security solution for medium businesses and enterprises.

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Trend Micro OfficeScan 10.5, powered by the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ infrastructure's correlated in-the-cloud intelligence, is now designed to solve the challenges unique to endpoints deployed in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Based on internal testing, using OfficeScan enables enterprises  to more than double the number of virtual machines per VDI host – without sacrificing security.

Growth of VDI leads to new security challenges

According to a recent study by the Enterprise Strategy Group, 60 percent of enterprises have a desktop virtualization strategy and 45 percent of them will have virtualized 50 percent of their desktops within the next three years.(1) But despite the smaller economic impact of cleaning or rebuilding infected virtual endpoints, most usage scenarios of virtual desktops have a risk profile nearly identical to that of physical desktops.

The temptation for enterprises is to deploy their existing non-virtualization-aware endpoint security to their virtualized endpoints. Doing so poses significant performance challenges on the shared VDI server hardware, leaving end users negatively impacted.  In the end, enterprises are forced to choose between poor VDI Return on Investment (ROI) or poor security along with potential lack of regulatory compliance.

The VDI optimizations introduced in this new release of OfficeScan address these key challenges: Integrating with Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View, OfficeScan 10.5 identifies virtualized endpoints and prevents resource contention by serializing scan operations and security updates, avoiding so-called "AV-storms" and the "9:00-AM problem."

OfficeScan 10.5 enables customers to maximize the number of virtualized desktops per host, contributing to a higher ROI of a customer's VDI investment without lowering security standards. Additional optimizations leverage VDI provisioning concepts such as base images and linked clones to further reduce the performance impact of security on the VDI environment and support an improved user experience.

"With the upcoming release of OfficeScan with VDI-aware technology, Trend Micro reconfirms its commitment to and leadership in virtualization security," said Steve Quane, Chief Product Officer, Trend Micro. "With OfficeScan 10.5, customers can realize the full benefits of desktop virtualization. It also meets the new challenges our customers are facing and uniquely delivers comprehensive protection for both physical and virtual desktops from a single management console."

What's new in OfficeScan 10.5

  • NEW VDI-awareness compatible with Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View: Conventional endpoint security solutions cause significant performance overhead on shared VDI hardware resources, causing end-user frustration and compelling enterprises to lower their security standards. OfficeScan 10.5 prevents resource contention and optimizes scan operations on virtualized desktops to maximize the number of VMs per VDI host – whether the enterprise is using Citrix or VMware – without sacrificing security or regulatory compliance.

  • NEW Windows® 7 optimized: OfficeScan 10.5 provides advanced, cloud-powered endpoint protection that's compatible with Windows 7. Its future-proof plug-in architecture and small footprint enables enterprises to extend and make the most out of their Windows 7 investment.

  • NEW Local Web reputation: In this latest version of OfficeScan, customers have the option to implement Web-reputation on a local, customer network-based server, delivering even faster protection, improving end users' Web-surfing experience, and saving money by offloading the corporate Internet connection. Web reputation and file reputation, both components of the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network infrastructure, provide immediate, real-time protection against the latest threats – so customers don't have to wait for the next update. Independent testing from NSS Labs shows that Trend Micro OfficeScan provides the #1 rated corporate endpoint protection.

  • Streamlined management and better scalability: OfficeScan 10.5 now allows for more than 20,000 endpoints to be managed from one single OfficeScan Management Server. This industry-first capability enables Trend Micro customers to manage both their physical and virtual desktops from a single management console.  In addition, customers can consolidate their OfficeScan installation and further streamline the management of clients.

Supporting Quotes:

"Trend Micro OfficeScan has provided Dane County with superior endpoint protection, reliability and scalability. Now that we are considering a broader move into virtualization and VDI, we're pleased to know that we can explore these options with Trend Micro, a trusted vendor that is uniquely positioned to bring the benefits of its security portfolio into the virtualization environment," said Steven Jones, senior systems administrator, Government of Dane County, Wisconsin.

"Most of our customers currently have significant virtual desktop initiatives.  When building these systems, they have often found that many of their traditional management and security tools either did not work at all, or changed the economics of virtual desktops by consuming undue resources.  I'm glad to see that OfficeScan 10.5 is specifically engineered for this environment.  My clients need every possible economic advantage without sacrificing system security and OfficeScan provides that," said Ken Phelan, CTO of Gotham Technology Group, Citrix’s 2009 North America and Northeast Partner of the Year, and a VAR500 Award winner.

Gotham Technology Group, a leading provider of IT services and technology solutions to Fortune 500 companies is:

  • Citrix 2009 North America Partner of the Year
  • Citrix 2009 Northeast Partner of the Year
  • VAR500 Winner – Placed at 366 for top 500 resellers in the country

Supporting materials

  • Trend Micro Chief Product Officer, Steve Quane, talks about how OfficeScan is revolutionizing the virtual desktop infrastructure security model and offers something other vendors don’t yet.  Watch the video here.
  • Trend Micro's whitepaper, "When Desktops Go Virtual," examines the security challenges enterprises face within a virtual desktop environment. Read it here.
  • In NSS Labs comparative testing, Trend Micro OfficeScan ranked #1 in malware protection. See the reports here.
  • A Morgan Stanley report looks at the desktop virtualization market and predicts it will reach $1.5 billion by 2014. Read the report here.
  • Visit the media kit for press presentations, screenshots and other materials here.
  • For more information on Trend Micro's latest innovations in virtualization security, please visit here.
  • To learn about how Trend Micro is utilizing the latest VMware products and APIs to help VMware customers secure their environments, please visit here.

North American Pricing & Availability

Trend Micro OfficeScan 10.5 is expected to be available in late July 2010. Pricing varies by seat count and decreases by volume. For the 1,001-level seat count, OfficeScan 10.5 is US$20 per user and US$8 per user for VDI-aware capability.

Trend Micro OfficeScan is part of Trend Micro™ Enterprise Security – a tightly integrated offering of content security products, services and solutions which is powered by the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network™.  Trend Micro Enterprise Security delivers maximum protection from emerging threats while minimizing the cost and complexity of security management. 

About Trend Micro:

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in Internet content security, focuses on securing the exchange of digital information for businesses and consumers. A pioneer and industry vanguard, Trend Micro is advancing integrated threat management technology to protect operational continuity, personal information, and property from malware, spam, data leaks and the newest Web threats. Visit TrendWatch at to learn more about the latest threats. Trend Micro's flexible solutions, available in multiple form factors, are supported 24/7 by threat intelligence experts around the globe. Many of these solutions are powered by the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ infrastructure, a next-generation cloud-client innovation that combines sophisticated cloud-based reputation technology, feedback loops, and the expertise of TrendLabs(SM) researchers to deliver real-time protection from emerging threats. A transnational company, with headquarters in Tokyo, Trend Micro's trusted security solutions are sold through its business partners worldwide. Please visit

(1) "Desktop Virtualization, Management, and Security," Enterprise Strategy Group, 2009. By Jon Oltsik, principal analyst and Mark Bowker, senior analyst.

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