CUPERTINO, Calif. Feb. 9, 2011
Conducted by The Tolly Group, a premier third-party IT test lab, the test focused on the impact each solution had on the host system (the physical server) resources specifically as virtual machine densities increased to up to 100 virtual machines (VMs).
The Tolly Group concluded that:
- During periods of light anti-malware activity, Trend Micro Deep Security consistently consumed significantly fewer CPU, RAM and disk I/O resources compared to the competing non VM-aware solutions. Symantec and McAfee were observed to consume 1.7 to 8.5 times the amount of resource overhead consumed by Trend Micro even when essentially idle.
- Trend Micro Deep Security could support a scenario of more than 100 desktop VMs per host, while The Tolly Group reported that the surge in resource demand with Symantec and McAfee degraded system performance and reliability to a significant degree that prevented these solutions from being tested beyond 25 VMs.
- With on-demand scans at 25 desktop VMs per host, McAfee resource consumption overhead was reported to be 2.8 times more than Trend Micro for CPU and 11 times more for RAM. Similarly, Symantec resource consumption overhead was 2.4 times more than Trend Micro for CPU and 4.7 times more for RAM.
- Trend Micro’s lower resource consumption and antivirus storm avoidance supports a VM density improvement in the range of 29 to 275 percent more than that supported by Symantec and McAfee.
Server and desktop virtualization are essential elements of any IT strategy that seeks to decrease capital and operational expenditures in IT. Many organizations simply deploy the same anti-virus solution that is in use on their physical server and desktop systems. Because these traditional anti-virus solutions are not designed specifically for virtual environments, they can create significant operational issues such as anti-virus storms, resource wastage and administrative overhead, and hamper the organization’s objective of maximizing VM densities. Trend Micro Deep Security is designed to be virtual machine aware and reduce operational security issues in virtual environments.
Sandy Cohn Albany
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