By default, the AppDefense Appliance enables only the AppDefense Plug-In in vCenter Server. Switching the AppDefense Appliance connectivity to SaaS enables the AppDefense Appliance to communicate with the AppDefense Service, enabling the complete solution. While registering AppDefense Appliance, you can enable AppDefense Service (SaaS).

Connectivity With AppDefense Service Description
Plug-in Only

All the AppDefense plug-in in vCenter Server capabilities. Internet connectivity is required for software reputation verification and automatic upgrades.

SaaS

All the AppDefense plug-in in vCenter Server + AppDefense Service capabilities.

Capability AppDefense Plug-In in vCenter Server AppDefense Plug-In in vCenter Server + AppDefense Service (SaaS)
Risk-Adjusted Vulnerability Assessment
Process and network visibility
Software reputation verification

(needs Internet connectivity)

One-click install workflows in vCenter Server
Automatic upgrades

(needs Internet connectivity)

Behavior analysis with Machine Learning (ML)
OS Integrity
Scope/Service assignments
Dashboards and visibility reports
Alerts and alert classification
Custom alert remediations
Application topology visualization
Third-party integrations