VMware plans on building security inside the hypervisor. During a December 2010 press conference, Allwyn Sequeira, Chief Technical Officer for VMware's Security and Network Solutions division, told a group of tech writers and analysts that security for applications deployed in cloud systems needs to be built into the hypervisor itself and not reside independently in the stack.
So, the question is how does VMware plan to do this? One portion of VMware's plan is moving anti-virus and anti-spam processing off virtual machines and inserting it into the hypervisor as a component. This new anti-virus component will be supplied by one of VMware's partners, Sequeira said.