Carbon Black Cloud


VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload Protection provides vulnerability assessment and inventory management for workloads hosted on vSphere. The VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload Protection vulnerability solution provides shared information on vulnerabilities that is available in Carbon Black Cloud as well as in the native vCenter administration client. Workload protection capabilities are fully integrated into the world’s leading cloud management platform for complete data center visibility and protection. The solution combines vSphere and VMware Carbon Black Cloud in a purpose-built, operationally simple solution with minimal overhead and performance impact.

VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload Protection solution is the only vSphere vCenter workload protection platform for enterprise virtualization and security teams that delivers the most secure virtual infrastructure, while also providing the same visibility and capabilities within the public cloud as well.

The Carbon Black Cloud Workload Protection solution reduces the attack surface by giving Infrastructure, DevOps, and Security teams visibility into the operating system and application vulnerabilities right from within the vCenter Management plane as well as within the Carbon Black Cloud Management Console.

2.1 CWP Architecture

A Carbon Black plug-in within vCenter allows for a shared truth on vulnerabilities and risk for those residing in vSphere/infrastructure as well as team members more focused on security or the Carbon Black Cloud console. Through this unique approach, we can eliminate the trade-off between security and operational simplicity by providing a single source of truth for Infrastructure and Security teams to accelerate response to critical vulnerabilities and attacks, while enabling collaboration and reducing friction. The Carbon Black Cloud Workload Plug-in provides deep visibility into your data center inventory and end-to-end life-cycle management for the components.

VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload Protection contains two Carbon Black Cloud Workload Protection components that are integrated into vCenter:

  • Carbon Black Cloud Workload Protection Plug-in in vCenter
  • Carbon Black Cloud Management Console

For further information on the solution architecture reference the following resource: https://carbonblack.vmware.com/resource/carbon-black-cloud-workload-protection-architecture

2.2 Installation Walkthrough

For purposes of this lab experience, CWP is already installed and configured. For information on installing and configuring CWP in under 15 minutes see the following video:

For a guided lab on installing and configuring the CWP appliance see Module 2 of the CWP Hands-on Lab simulation: https://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/10212

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