Apex Central Architecture

Trend Micro Apex Centralâ„¢ provides a means to control Trend Micro products and services from a central location. This application simplifies the administration of a corporate virus/malware and content security policy.

The following table describes the components that Apex Central uses.



Apex Central server

Acts as a repository for all data collected from the agents. The Apex Central server includes the following features:

  • An SQL database that stores managed product configurations and logs

    Apex Central uses the Microsoft SQL Server database (db_ApexCentral.mdf) to store data included in logs, managed product information, user account, network environment, and notification settings.

  • A web server that hosts the Apex Central web console

  • A mail client that delivers event notifications through email messages

    Apex Central can send notifications to individuals or groups of recipients about events that occur on the Apex Central network. Send event notifications by email, SNMP trap, syslog, or any in-house/industry standard application used by your organization to send notifications.

  • A report server that generates antivirus and content security product reports

    The Apex Central report is an online collection of figures about security threat and content security events that occur on the Apex Central network.

Trend Micro Management Communication Protocol

MCP handles the Apex Central server interaction with managed products that support the next generation agent.

MCP agents install with managed products and use one/two way communication to communicate with Apex Central. MCP agents poll Apex Central for instructions and updates.

Web Service Integration communication

An agent-less integration model that allows Apex Central to communicate with managed products

Web-based management console

Allows an administrator to manage Apex Central from virtually any computer with an Internet connection and web browser

The Apex Central management console is a web-based console published on the Internet through the Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) and hosted by the Apex Central server. It lets you administer the Apex Central network from any computer using a compatible web browser.

Widget Framework

Allows an administrator to create a customized dashboard to monitor the Apex Central network.