Cisco Systems said this week it acquired privately held Virtuata, a company that has been developing capabilities for securing virtual and cloud environments. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Working together, the companies “will enable consistent and enhanced security for virtual machines, allowing customers to accelerate the deployment of multi-tenant, multi-hypervisor cloud infrastructures,” according to Cisco.

Cisco says it acquired Virtuata because the company brings technology and talent in areas of virtualization and cloud security, and complements Cisco's data center and cloud product portfolio, including its Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus-based Unified Fabric portfolio.

“Cloud and virtualization are significant disrupters in the market,” Hilton Romanski, vice president
and head of corporate business development at Cisco, wrote in a blog announcing the acquisition. “When customers move to these environments, security concerns arise where infrastructure is shared across multiple applications, business units or even organizations.”

As more business applications move to virtualized platforms, Romanski wrote, security and isolation become necessary conditions at the virtual machine level. “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,” he wrote.

The Virtuata acquisition reinforces Cisco’s build, buy, partner innovation framework and supports its strategy of providing best-in-class technologies for customers, according to Romanski. The Virtuata team will join Cisco’s Data Center Group.



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