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VMware strategy for security partners undergoes overhaul
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of May 2012
VMware’s announcement of its VMsafe initiative four years ago was big news for the security industry. The virtualization giant’s plan to provide security vendors with APIs to develop products that would integrate with its software appeared ambitious but promising. Security concerns with virtualization technology were growing and VMware was responding. It touted 20 security vendor partners as embracing the new VMsafe technology and building products to secure virtual environments. But it didn’t take long before industry analysts and observers began noting a lack of results. It took over a year for the company to release the VMsafe APIs and with a few exceptions, security vendors seemed to talk more about plans and prototypes than actual products. Today, the VMsafe program is effectively in mothballs as the company reworks its playbook based on APIs for its vShield security technology. Despite the re-shuffling, VMware remains intent on supplying its security partners with the means to provide integrated products. It’s a strategy ...
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