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Cisco acquires VM security startup

Deal boosts networking giant's cloud security technology.

Cisco Systems Inc. has acquired Virtuata, a startup specializing in securing virtual machine data, to bolster its virtualization and cloud security offerings.

Cisco announced its acquisition of the VM security company Monday in a blog post written by Hilton Romanski, vice president and head of corporate business development at the San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"As more and more business applications move to virtualized platforms, security and isolation become necessary conditions at the virtual machine level," he wrote. "This acquisition is highly complementary to Cisco's vision of a unified data center that securely connects people and businesses with applications and data through virtual and cloud environments."

Romanski said the acquisition is well-aligned to Cisco's goals of developing "innovative virtualization, cloud and security technologies while also cultivating top talent."

Based in Milpitas, Calif., Virtuata was in stealth mode before the Cisco deal. Dave Shackleford, a virtualization and cloud security expert and owner of Voodoo Security, said in an email that it appears Virtuata has "some specific hooks into hypervisors" that will give Cisco's virtual ASA security appliance and Nexus 1000v virtual switch "more access into and integration with virtual machines."

Cisco is making a bit of a cloud play with its Unified Data Center technology, he added. Cisco said the Virtuata team will join its Data Center Group, which is led by David Yen.



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