Sophos Antivirus for vShield has now been discontinued due to a significant shift in technology by VMware. Customers can continue to use our powerful endpoint agent to protect their virtual environments, and for customers who prefer the off-board scanning approach, Sophos has introduced Sophos for Virtual Environments as a replacement product.
Applies to the following Sophos products and versions Sophos Anti-Virus for VMware vShieldSophos Anti-Virus for VMware vShield (Cloud Edition)
Sophos Antivirus for vShield was removed from sale on 31 December 2016. For existing customers, the last day to receive service and support for the product from Sophos was 31 March 2018. Critical software fixes and support are no longer available, protection updates will stop in May, after which the level of detection will decline.
Note: VMware’s vShield Manager (vCNS) appliance is also no longer available or supported by VMware.
Since 2016, announcements and reminders relating to this retirement have been communicated to Sophos Sales, Partners and Customers via direct emails, newsletters, management console messages and knowledge base articles.
No changes or updates will be made to the product after the End of Support date and protection updates will stop in May, after which the level of detection will decline.
Customers will also start to see updating errors reported to their management consoles following the End of Support date.
Sophos does not plan to extend support for the SAV for vShield product beyond 31 March 2018. The third-party technologies that form an intrinsic part of the product are no longer supported by VMware.
In early 2017, Sophos released Sophos for Virtual Environments, which provides an off-box anti-virus scanning solution for VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V.
By leveraging an ultra-light Sophos guest agent, Sophos for Virtual Environments enables a central Sophos Security VM to provide malware protection for multiple guest VMs, similar to the SAV for vShield approach. For further information refer Sophos for Virtual Environments - Frequently Asked Questions or contact your Sophos Account Manager. Existing SAV for vShield customers are entitled to Sophos for Virtual Environments within their current license at no extra cost.
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