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Symantec delays Virtual Security Appliance, VMware makes play

Value-added resellers (VARs) who want to get into virtual security have a big decision to make: jump in now with one of the smaller vendors already in the market, or wait a while for the major players to join the party.

Symantec was supposed to be one of the first big-name vendors to enter the space by releasing its Virtual Security Appliance for Intel vPro next month. But the Cupertino, Calif. company just announced that it’s delaying the release date. A spokesman said today that Symantec plans to release the appliance as soon as possible, but other published reports say it won’t be out until the middle of 2008. The delay will give Symantec more time to address beta testers’ concerns and to add more open source support, the spokesman said.

VMware, the virtualization market leader, is also making a security play, according to our colleagues at The newly-public company has acquired Determina, a host-based intrusion prevention systems vendor, and is expected to take advantage of its Memory Firewall technology to protect virtualized operating systems and applications. Executive editor Dennis Fisher quotes a VMware executive as saying the acquisition will help “make our virtualization platform the safest place to run applications. VMware does not have plans to enter the security content subscription business. VMware maintains its commitment to working with the security partner community.”

Catbird Networks and Reflex Security both released virtual security products this year. You can read all about those offerings and what’s in store for the virtual security market in the story, “Smaller vendors kick off virtual security trend.”

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