The 10 Biggest Virtualization Stories Of 2012


8. Bromium Wields Virtualization To Battle Malware

Startup Bromium burst onto the scene in June with security technology that co-founder Simon Crosby (pictured) described as "mind-blowingly cool" and potentially game changing.

Bromium uses Intel hardware-assisted virtualization to isolate every single system task prior to executing it -- such as clicking on a URL to open a new document -- to ensure that it's not infected with malware. The idea is to prevent the first malware "domino" from falling that would trigger a widespread infection.

Bromium this month added a new feature to its flagship vSentry product, called LAVA (Live Attack Visualization and Analysis), which tracks malicious activity taking place on networks and responds to it in real time.