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Sophos for Network Storage
Protect your network storage against malware

Sophos Network Storage

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Sophos gives you antivirus protection for NetApp, EMC and Sun storage systems. The Sophos for network storage license-also included as part of Endpoint Protection-allows you to use the relevant Sophos software for your platform.

  • You're covered against malware, Trojans, spyware and viruses
  • Scan files when you need it, on read and/or on write, and
  • quarantine or delete infected files
  • Support for the latest on-filer scanning by NetApp removes the need for separate antivirus scanning servers
  • Protection that scales to your needs with load balancing and failover options
  • You can use virtualized Windows scanning servers and Sun storage additionally supports Linux and Unix systems
  • Includes 24/7 certified expert support.

Sophos Network Storage

Lightweight, Versatile and EfficientFeatures:

Lightweight, Versatile and Efficient

Prevent malware from spreading throughout your organization with Sophos for Network Storage. The lightweight scanner protects against the latest threats while integrating seamlessly with a broad range of storage systems, including those from EMC, NetApp and Oracle/Sun. Load balancing, failover and clustering capabilities provide high availability and high throughput, deliver the best experience-and the best security-for your users.

Real-Time ProtectionReal-Time Protection

Detect and block malware before it has a chance to wreak havoc on your network. Our on-access scanner has a small footprint but big functionality, protecting against both known malware and zero-day threats. Multi-layered protection goes beyond signatures, with pre-execution emulation, our unique Behavioral Genotype technology and Live Protection for real-time lookups in the cloud.

Broad Platform SupportBroad Platform Support

Ensure seamless integration with your existing systems, thanks to our compliance with the ICAP standard and our support for EMC's Celerra Anti Virus Agent (CAVA) and NetApp's 7-mode and C-mode scanning.

Efficient ScalingEfficient Scaling

Increase performance and reliability by setting up multiple scanning servers, providing load balancing or failover capability. If you use NetApp's Data ONTAP, you can also employ full many-to-many clustering for maximum efficiency.

Support When You Need ItSupport When You Need It

Malware infections, system issues and maintenance windows are not limited to business hours. That's why Sophos provides 24/7/365 support standard-so you can get help when you need it. The prestigious SCP certification recognizes our commitment to providing effective, responsive support.

Technical Specifications:

Software Components

Sophos Anti-Virus (SAV)

  • Provides malware-detection capabilities

Sophos Enterprise Console (SEC)

  • Allows centralized control of SAV updating and configuration while providing reports on SAV status and detections. (Note: For Oracle/Sun, SEC allows only centralized control of updating and status reporting.)

Sophos Anti-Virus for NetApp

  • Provides the link (interface) for scanning requests and responses between SAV and the NetApp filer

Sophos Anti-Virus for NetApp MMC plugin

  • Controls the Sophos Anti-Virus for NetApp interface

Sophos Anti-Virus dynamic interface (SAVDI)

  • Provides the link (interface) for scanning requests and responses between SAV and the Oracle/Sun filer. The interface between SAVDI and the filer is ICAP

EMC common antivirus agent (CAVA)

  • Provides the link (interface) for scanning requests and responses between SAV and the EMC filer

NetApp network storage system

  • A networked appliance produced by NetApp, providing high speed networked data storage

EMC network storage system

  • A networked appliance produced by EMC, providing high speed networked data storage

Oracle/Sun network storage system

  • A networked appliance produced by Oracle/Sun, providing high speed networked data storage
Storage platform Software components needed
NetApp on-board scanning for systems in c-mode NetApp filer running ONTAP 8.1
NetApp off-board scanning for systems in 7-mode

SAV (Windows only)

(Optional) SEC

SAV for NetApp MMC plugin

NetApp filer running ONTAP 7.x or 8.x


SAV (any platform also compatible with SAVDI)

(Optional) SEC


Oracle/Sun ZFS network storage system


SAV (Windows only)

EMC’s CAVA software
(please contact EMC for this)

(Optional) SEC

EMC Network storage system
(Celerra, VNX or VNXe series)

System Requirements

Sophos Anti-Virus (SAV)

Runs on a wide range of Windows, Linux and Unix platforms. Server operating system recommended. For all platforms, minimum system requirements do not exceed 256-MB RAM, 500-MB disk space and a 32- or 64-bit x86 processor.

The CPU usually determines the overall scanning system throughput. Faster processors and/or additional anti-virus scanning servers will increase the capacity of the anti-malware checking.

Sophos Enterprise Console (SEC)

Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2.

(server version recommended) 1 GB RAM

1 GB disk space

Sophos Anti-Virus for NetApp and MMC plugin

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Windows Server 2003, 2008 or 2008 R2

(server version recommended) 2 MB disk space

2 MB available memory

Windows Installer 2.0 or later Microsoft Management Console

1.2 or later

Sophos Anti-Virus dynamic interface (SAVDI)

SAVDI requires approximately 1 MB of free RAM and 1 MB of disk space

EMC Common Anti-Virus Agent (CAVA)

Please contact EMC for the license, software and detailed requirements

NetApp network storage system

NetApp filer running Data ONTAP 7.x or 8.x in 7-mode (for off-board scanning) or 8.1 in c-mode (for on-board scanning)

EMC network storage system

An EMC filer from the Celerra, VNX or VNXe ranges

Oracle/Sun network storage system

A Oracle/Sun ZFS filer


Download the Sophos Network Storage Data Sheet (PDF).

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