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Security Observations from Gartner’s Data Center Summit

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 9, 2011  |  1 Comment

I’m just back from Gartner’s US 2011 Data Center Summit held this week in Las Vegas. In my previous post, I talked about information security vendor’s concerns on the potential impact of the Eurozone crisis on information security spending. Here, I want to outline the top security-related  issues and concerns that I discussed with attendees […]

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Building Context-Aware Security: VMware Acquires PacketMotion

by Neil MacDonald  |  August 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

VMware quietly disclosed it has acquired PacketMotion in this recent blog post by Dean Coza of VMware. We identified PacketMotion as a cool vendor in Gartner in this 2009 research for clients. Essentially, PacketMotion uses standard Intel-based hardware appliances  (as well as a virtualized probe implementation that runs inside of virtualized environments) to deliver full […]

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Is Single Instance Security the Future?

by Neil MacDonald  |  June 6, 2011  |  Comments Off

I’ve been researching the intersection between virtualization and security for several years. Like security and cloud computing, virtualization and security is also following a maturity curve. The first several years were discussions with clients on how to deploy virtualization securely. Over the past 2 years, I’ve had an increasing number of calls on the virtualization […]

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VMware Launches vSphere (and Security Makes the Keynote)

by Neil MacDonald  |  April 22, 2009  |  4 Comments

On Tuesday April 22, VMware formally launched the next major release of its virtualization platform. The code has been released to manufacturing and will become generally available during this quarter. The atmosphere was upbeat, the buzz phrase “cloud” was generously sprinkled throughout the presentations and, most importantly, the importance of security as a core capability […]


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It’s Virtualization Security Week!

by Neil MacDonald  |  April 21, 2009  |  1 Comment

I am out in the San Francisco area for a number of virtualization security-related events this week. I’ve been frequently blogging on this topic since my first post. Today, VMware formally launches vSphere 4. The launch is being simulcast here. Hopefully, VMware will provide specific details on three areas of interest that I have. First, […]

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VMware Unveils vShield and Raises the Security Bar for all Virtualization Vendors

by Neil MacDonald  |  February 27, 2009  |  Comments Off

  As I have discussed from the beginning, the policy enforcement capabilities of information security technologies like firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, network access control and so on need to be virtualized in order to secure the next-generation adaptive data center. Network and trust separation in a virtual environment needs to be enforced based on logical […]

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