Independent tester AV-TEST performed a comparative review, published in May 2014, of three purpose-built security solutions for virtual environments to analyse their capabilities to protect against real world and prevalent malware, as well as their performance impact in virtual environments.
The products under test were Kaspersky Security for Virtualization | Light Agent; Symantec Endpoint Security; and Trend Micro Deep Security. Each solution was evaluated in a Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor environment.
AV-TEST determined that Kaspersky had a 40 per cent lower impact on system performance than Symantec, and 65 per cent lower than Trend Micro.
When comparing the virtual machine startup times against a baseline measurement, Symantec's offering delayed the boot time of virtual machines by an average of three times longer than with no security software; Trend Micro delayed virtual machine startup time by four times the baseline. AV-TEST chief executive, Maik Morgenstern, said the value started to diverge when there were 10 and more virtual machines.
"Speaking about boot times, it took the 25th virtual machine with Trend Micro twice as much time as the virtual machine with Kaspersky Lab's solution and four times as much as the baseline."
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