IBM Virtual Server Security for VMware helps protect your virtual machines

IBM United States Services Announcement 609-086
December 15, 2009

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IBM® Virtual Server Security for VMware is an integrated threat mitigation product designed to provide you with a turnkey solution to help secure your virtual machines from both known and unknown threats within the physical and virtual server environments. The product's capabilities include:

  • Intrusion prevention and firewall
    • Enforces dynamic security wherever VMs are deployed
    • Applies one Security Virtual Machine (SVM) per physical server
    • Uses privileged presence to give SVM a holistic view of the virtual network
    • Enables IBM Virtual Patch® technology to shield vulnerabilities on virtual servers regardless of patch strategy
  • VM lifecycle enforcement
    • Performs automatic VM discovery in order to combat virtual sprawl
    • Provides virtual network access control by quarantining or limiting network access until VM security posture can be validated
  • VM rootkit detection and virtual infrastructure auditing
    • Transparently inspects VMs and detects installation of rootkits
  • Virtual infrastructure auditing
    • Reports on privileged-user activity in the virtual environment

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Hardware: x86 server platform

Software: VMware vSphere 4 with VMsafe

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December 15, 2009

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Operating systems

VMware ESX 4 with VMsafe

VMware guest OS support

In general, all guest operating systems supported by ESX 4 are supported by IBM Virtual Server Security for VMware. A subset of these guest operating systems are supported by the Anti-Rootkit feature (ARK). A detailed list of guest operating systems supported by ARK is in included in the product README.

Guest operating systems supported by ESX 4 can be found at

Network connection

Physical network adapters supported by VMware ESX 4 are supported by IBM Virtual Server Security for VMware.

Clustering/load balancing

VMware High Availability Clusters are supported.

Minimum memory

1 GB of RAM

Disk space

10 GB of hard drive

Dedicated system


Installation assistance

For installation assistance call customer support at 888-447-4861.


Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information (LI) document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

Limited warranty: IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment it will conform to its specifications. The warranty period is at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program.

Software maintenance service

IBM provides support and maintenance for the program under the terms and conditions of the "IBM Support and Maintenance Policy for IBM ISS Products and Services" (Z125-7818). The Policy Document can be found at the following Web site

Support and maintenance must be purchased separately. Consult your IBM representative for ordering information.

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

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For pricing information, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.


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