Cisco Buys Security Firm Virtuata

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Cisco yesterday announced the acquisition of virtual security company Virtuata.

"The Virtuata acquisition reinforces Cisco’s build, buy, partner innovation framework and supports our strategy of providing best-in-class solutions for our customers," Cisco vice president and head of corporate business development Hilton Romanski wrote in a blog post. "It is well-aligned to our strategic goals to develop innovative virtualization, cloud and security technologies, while also cultivating top talent. The Virtuata team will join Cisco’s Data Center Group led by David Yen, senior vice president, Data Center Group."

"Cisco didn't say much about its plans, but Romanski said in his post that Virtuata provided software for 'securing virtual machine level information in data centers and cloud environments,' which suggests that Cisco is thinking less about hardened PCs and more about making enterprises more comfortable with the security for virtual machines on UCS servers and Nexus switches," writes The Register's Timothy Prickett Morgan.

"Virtuata was the latest company started by serial entrepeneurs Joe Epstein and Peter Danzig," writes International Business Times' David Zielenziger. "Epstein was a co-founder of Meru Networks, of Sunnyvale, Calif., a specialist in wireless local-area networks and data security. Danzig, a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, co-founded Wirama, which specialized in radio frequency identification technology systems before its acquisition by Checkpoint Systems. Then he worked for security specialist Ironport, which Cisco acquired in 2007."