End Point Security (EPSec) Program

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Create partner solutions such as anti-virus, file integrity monitoring, vulnerability management, and application awareness using VMware EndPoint Security APIs. 

Program Overview

VMware vShield Endpoint plugs directly into vSphere to offer security and compliance solutions that are optimized for virtual and cloud environments. The Endpoint Security program (EPSEC) enables hypervisor introspection. It does this by offloading from each virtual machine the virus‐scanning and other endpoint security activities onto a security virtual appliance with the necessary endpoint security engine. The security virtual appliance gets notified of potential security violations, and acts to remediate the affected files. The EPSEC program includes all components needed to access the APIs to create these solutions.

Key Benefits

Program access includes the tools and resources needed during development and release.

  • Development Consulting Portal

If entitled via the optional Development Consulting Service, partners submit requests for development assistance via a private development project on vmdev.net, a web-based, secure collaboration tool used by the VMware Ecosystem Engineering team.

  • Optional fee-based developer support
  • Required VMware instructor-led training
  • Sample code
  • Access to the Development Kits

Partners receive access to the following development suites: EPSEC SDK

  • Certification

The program includes access to the program's Certification Kit, which allows partners to test the reliability and stability of the integration. VMware verifies the test results and provides support for the partner during the certification process.

  • VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG) posting

Upon successful certification, the partner works with Ecosystem Engineering to update the VMware Compatibility Guide entry on vmware.com. Once the partner's products are certified under the terms of the program, the partner may use the VMware Ready™ logo in product collateral.

  • Program communication

Ongoing program communications pertaining to updated development kit and milestones.

  • Access to Maintenance Releases

Membership in this program is ongoing, and partners are entitled to vSphere and vCenter update releases as well as development and certification kit refreshes for the duration of their participation in the program. Additionally, the program allows for access to early versions of vSphere for the purpose of developing and testing.

Program Requirements

This program is governed by the following requirements:

  • TAP Elite or Global status
  • VMware program agreement signature
  • Adherence to product support requirements as documented in the program guide
  • TSANet membership and an entry in the VMware custom TSANet portal
  • General support on VMware vSphere features is purchased separately

Product Versions Supported

This program supports the following product versions:


4.1 P3, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5


5.x, 5.5

Target Audience

  • Security partners

Partner Roles and Responsibilities

Partners who participate in the program provide the following team members:

A partner program manager that acts as the primary point of contact on behalf of their team, and who acts as the lead for planning and issue prioritization with VMware.

A partner engineering manager and/or technical lead that is the primary point of contact for the partner's engineering team, reviews all VMware support requests submitted by the partner's engineering team, provides an interface to the partner's QE organization, and attends all status calls and live debugging sessions with VMware.

A partner technical support contact that manages the support relationship with VMware, owns and serves as a single point of contact for all support-related activities, including escalations and management of the TSANet membership, and ensures overall support readiness and training of the partner's support organization.

Related Programs and Services

EPSEC Developer Consulting

VMware Ready Category

Networking and Security