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VMware Head Of Security: Our Security Business Run Rate Outpacing Height Of Hypervisor Growth

In a recent interview, VMware's Tom Corn walks CRN through the company's security strategy, why it's hitting a $1 billion run rate, and what that means for partners.

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What are the benefits of tying security and virtualization together?

It's funny to me – we have so many conversations about the unique properties of cloud, both private and public, and we apply them to building new kinds of applications or new kinds of infrastructure and scaling, except in security. … The natural tendency is to say that no one wants to secure one thing differently from another, so let's just treat it as another operating system and transport whatever we're doing from here to there. What [VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger] has been pushing on, and I like the notion, is if we can take the unique properties of cloud and apply them to rethink how we do security … If I take control of every virtual switch, I could create one control plane for everything. … By controlling the virtual switches, I can give [an application its] own network, own address, completely isolate it, give it your own firewall. … Now, security guys don't have the opportunity to re-architect the whole network, but all you're doing is taking the virtual switches, the software switches and saying I'm going to make a little virtual data center for an application. It's allowing people to align the focus of security back on the application, instead of the infrastructure.

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