VMware AppDefense Reviews

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 12, 2019

VMware AppDefense makes sense and is easy to deploy

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It is being used to add another layer of security in our data center. AppDefense so far has given IT the visibility inside the managed Virtual Machines and what processes are running. It gives us the ability to be alerted if new or rogue processes are running and if those processes are communicating to public IP and which port.
  • Configuration and deployment were simple.
  • Consuming the data from the OS and presenting it to the user with simplicity.
  • AppDefense Manager has built in Online Chat Support, so it is easy to reach a representative for assistance.
  • PowerShell functionality.
  • Sorting results in some areas are not applicable.
  • Email alerting through AppDefense Manager does not exist, but support has said it is a feature to come.
We have a small IT team, so the added visibility of seeing processing inside the virtual machine is an added benefit. To be able to lock down more infrastructure for secure proposes is an added benefit.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 13, 2019

Thoughts and Insights about VMware AppDefense

Score 9 out of 10
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VMware AppDefense is installed in our virtual environment on all of our Windows VMs. It protects servers across multiple departments in the whole organization. It provides a layer of protection and visibility against bad server processes.
  • Easy to install and maintain.
  • Easy to interpret GUI to access status.
  • Very good support.
  • New product had some growing pains.
  • Email notifications need to be added.
  • Upgrade process needs to be more automatic.
If you have a virtual environment, then VMware AppDefense is a cost-effective additional layer of security that can easily be added to that environment. It provides valuable visibility and protection into the processed running on your VMs. It is sold per socket, so if you don't have many VMs on your host it wouldn't be as cost effective.
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Troy Mayes | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 26, 2019

Innovative Approach to Application Behavior Monitoring

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Currently NAES has been deployed at the corporate headquarters with plans to roll out to remote offices and subsidiaries. Our initial use is to gain visibility into our east-west traffic in preparation for implementing NSX. We also use it to alert us to anomalous behaviors.
  • I think that the AppDefense approach is clever and sets it apart from other products. Having a baseline of normal behavior that I can see is something I haven't seen in another product before.
  • AppDefense doesn't overload my systems with performance draining agents.
  • AppDefense integrates with VMWare products I have or plan to purchase.
  • Access to AppDefense support has been better than any other VMWare products.
  • The installation and update process is time consuming and requires too many reboots.
  • Bare metal support is very badly needed.
  • Reporting is weak. I need to pull information out that shows regulatory compliance requirements are being satisfied.
  • When I whitelist or blacklist a process there are no fields to track why that decision was made.
  • Blacklisting doesn't do what I thought it was doing.
  • Some basic AV should be included to satisfy regulatory requirements.
I believe that the product is priced well enough that a small business that is concerned with data center security can justify using the product. My environment hasn't scaled up very far yet, but I am a little concerned that when we get to a certain point, the management console will get full and be more difficult to track. An enterprise customer might see that as a problem.
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David McDonald | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 24, 2019

knowledge is power

Score 8 out of 10
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AppDefense is used across the organization. It monitors "normal" application activity in the city and notifies if there is any abnormal activity detected. It gives us further view into the connections to an application or system and the ports that are used.
  • More visibility into my VM environment
  • Notification: send an email or a text for any alerts
  • Critical applications.
  • Monitors internal application function. provides granular information on connectivity.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 29, 2019

First year on AppDefense

Score 7 out of 10
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Our current organization goals revolve around improving security and easing the manageability of our systems, two things that often don't correlate with each other. Some items of that process include building a more robust RBAC model, micro-segmenting our network and gaining 24/7 visibility of what's happening on our VMs. To accomplish those goals, we landed on using the combination of AppDefense, NSX and Carbon Black. NSX with its Active Directory integration greatly limited the East/West exposure to each of our VMs. Once we ironed out the connections needed for each VM we monitored a 30, 60, and 90 day baseline with AppDefense and Carbon Black. It was noisy in the beginning but once established we have better visibility to our VMs when something out of the ordinary is happening.
  • Understanding normalized operations and resource usage of VMs at the guest level
  • Fine grain control of of guest level operations
  • Steep learning and a lot of moving pieces
  • Very new product and Carbon Black is the only 3rd party vendor that can integrate
  • Limited information and training. We've never been to VMworld but it was barely mentioned at the VMUG UserCons we've attended
Being a VMware product, AppDefense has the advantage of compatibility with all of the VMware product feature updates and patches ( ESXi, NSX, vCenter, etc.). Paired with Carbon Black, it's resource overhead is well-tuned compared to traditional antivirus products.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 29, 2019

Still a young product with big potential. This is the future of security.

Score 7 out of 10
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VMware AppDefense is being used across the organization to protect internal assets from lateral movement in case of a breach. We have a mixed environment of virtual machines. We have virtual machines dedicated to our clients, in addition to server virtual machines that provide services to all of our employees and clients.
  • Provides detailed process and command-line information.
  • Provides visibility into what connections are being made to/from a specific server/service.
  • Ability to group multiple VMs into service groups for proper correlation.
  • No ability to display network owner information in alerts (i.e. AS number/Network owner name of a public IP).
  • No ability to resolve IP addresses for display in alerts.
  • Setup, classifying, and configuring all of the requisite process rules is tedious.
VMware AppDefense appears to be well suited for environments where the number of expected applications in use and network connections remains fairly static (i.e. highly secured environments). Even in our case, our processes are mostly static but still required a lot of initial input to get rules set up correctly.

VMware AppDefense does not currently seem well suited for environments that have a lot of dynamic processes and network connections.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 30, 2019

Recently Implemented AppDefense

Score 9 out of 10
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It is presently being used at our corporate site to provide an additional layer of security.
  • Ease of installation
  • Integration with carbon black
  • Alerting
  • Deleting the groups wasn't obvious
I believe it's well suited for SMB's that have a larger number of VM's/hosts as well as an antivirus vendor that hooks into AppDefense.
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About VMware AppDefense

VMware AppDefense is a hypervisor-native workload protection platform for enterprise virtualization and security teams that promises to deliver the most secure virtual infrastructure and simplify micro-segmentation planning by providing deep application visibility, reputation scoring, and security.

The vendor says that, rather than chase the infinite threat landscape, AppDefense reduces the attack surface and implements a least privilege operating model by understanding intended application behavior and monitoring for anomalous behavior. The Application Verification Cloud component combines multiple reputation and threat feeds with machine learning models to enable application control, continuous vulnerability analysis of workloads, and high-fidelity alerts to respond to security incidents more quickly and effectively.

VMware AppDefense Features

Has featureApplication Visibility and Control
Has featureIncreased Security Protection
Has featureStreamline Security Incident Response

VMware AppDefense Integrations


  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
  • Entry-level set up fee?Optional

VMware AppDefense Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
Live Chat
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar

VMware AppDefense Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux
Mobile Application:No