VMware to launch VMsafe at VMworld Europe 2008?

It’s known since September 2007 that VMware is working at a new security initiative, Vsafe, with major industry players: a set of APIs which could be used by anti-virus, IDS and patch management vendors to enforce security at the hypervisor level.

Possibly renamed VMsafe, the program may be unveiled at VMworld Europe 2008 as The Guardian is briefly reporting:

Partners in the effort — dubbed VMsafe — include Symantec Corp, McAfee Inc, the Internet Security Systems division of International Business Machines Corp , EMC Corp’s RSA security unit and Check Point Software Technologies Ltd, they said…

If true this announcement will pile up with the many related to new products expected next week: Site Recover Manager (SRM) and VMware Operational Framework (VOF), Lifecycle Management and Stage Manager.

It’s even likely that VMware will announce official availability of its Server 2.0, in beta since November 2007.