Cisco, NetApp, VMware Team Up On Virtualization Security

Wednesday Jan 27th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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The three companies are releasing a “secure multi-tenancy design architecture” that will make it easier to isolate multiple virtual applications that use the same physical hardware.

NetworkWorld: Cisco, NetApp, and VMWare have announced plans to team up in an effort to improve virtualization security. The new project, called a “secure multi-tenancy design architecture,” shows clients how to isolate applications that use the same physical network, server and storage resources in multi-tenant systems. The companies will also offer cooperative support.

The projects is specifically aimed at enterprises and service providers who use Cisco Nexus Switches, NetApp FAS storage with MultiStore software and VMware’s vSphere virtualization software with vShield. Company representatives told NetworkWorld that "it can be difficult for customers to link the Cisco, NetApp and VMware products together in a way that protects them from dangers that crop up in multi-tenant environments." This offering will help enterprises and cloud computing providers deal with some of those challenges.

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