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Sanjay Poonen: VMware Will Out-Innovate ‘Fossils’ Symantec, McAfee

‘The traditional endpoint security space has always thought about it as client endpoints—laptops, Windows, Linux—they don’t talk about server endpoints. We have an incredible advantage in server endpoints. Why? Because we own 70 million VMs with vSphere,’ says Sanjay Poonen, VMware’s chief operating officer.

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VMware Plans To ‘Completely Disrupt’ Endpoint Security

With the pending acquisition of Carbon Black, VMware plans to leave security competitors like Symantec, McAfee and CrowdStrike in the dust by taking Carbon Black to the next level and “completely disrupt the endpoint security space,” said Sanjay Poonen, chief operating officer at VMware.

“In endpoint security, the traditional players are not innovating. They’ve become fossils, almost— Symantec, McAfee,” said Poonen in an interview with CRN at VMWorld 2019. “Some of them are getting bought by hardware companies, some are getting spun out of hardware companies and put inside private equity companies. What’s happening to that talent, though, is that they’re leaving because the good talent doesn’t want to work for a hardware company or someplace that’s not innovating. … In VMware’s hands, Carbon Black will do better than they are doing on their own because of the distribution presence that we’ll bring to them, the integration possibilities of it, and so much more.”

Poonen, who has previously held top executive security positions at Symantec and SAP, discussed with CRN VMware’s plans to disrupt the “broken” market through organic security innovation, leveraging its massive vSphere customer base and Carbon Black.

“The traditional endpoint security space has always thought about it as client endpoints—laptops, Windows, Linux—they don’t talk about server endpoints,” he said. “We have an incredible advantage in server endpoints. Why? Because we own 70 million VMs with vSphere.”

Poonen also goes in-depth on how VMware changed its technology partnership philosophy. “The thing that changed the course of this company was finding ways by which [public cloud providers] became friends with VMware as a way [to ensure] the freeway gets built from this private cloud running on VMware to a public cloud,” he said.

 
 
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