In conventional virtual environments, firewalls by such vendors as Altor Networks, Check Point Software and Stonesoft can be added to shore up security among virtual machines. Integrity builds in this capability: It supports partitioned management of padded cells, so administrators with different clearance levels can manage cells appropriate to their security level. It also partitions CPU capacity so a certain number of cycles can be reserved for highest-priority tasks regardless of the demand of lower-priority tasks running off the same CPU, the company says.
Integrity can tie into the security built into Intel vPro processors that detect when the boot process of a machine has been tampered with, and so detect rootkits, Chandler says.
Future work on the platform includes collaboration with third parties to create a secure Web interface directly from Integrity. Communications between two Integrity machines can be secured, Chandler says.
Integrity Global Security will sell to businesses via third-party integrators and other partners, but initially will sell direct to customers. Pricing has not been set.