Cisco Systems yesterday announced in a blog post by Hilton Romanski, vice president of corporate development at Cisco, that they have acquired the privately held company Virtuata, based in Milpitas, Calif. Virtuata develops new and innovative methods for securing virtual machine level information in data centers and cloud environments. According to the announcement, this acquisition will enable Cisco Systems to provide a consistent and enhanced security for virtual machines, and allow administrators to accelerate the deployment of multi-tenant, multi-hypervisor cloud infrastructures.
Virtuata was founded in October 2010 by Joe Epstein, a former engineer at Oracle, and Peter Danzig, that has among other things been an instructor at Stanford University, and a professor at the University of Southern California. Epstein held the role as CEO for Virtuata, and Danzig held the position as chief strategy officer.
The financial terms of the Virtuata deal has not yet been disclosed, and little is still known about future plans, but Romanski mentions in his post that “Virtuata provides innovative capabilities for securing virtual machine level information in data centers and cloud environments”. He goes on to write about how “Cloud and virtualization are significant disrupters in the market.” This indicates that it was the security solutions Virtuata provides for enterprises, that made the company interesting, and that Cisco wants to increase their focus on secure Cloud and virtualization solutions for large businesses and organizations.
Romanski declares in his blog post that “The Virtuata acquisition reinforces Cisco’s build, buy, partner innovation framework and supports our strategy of providing best-in-class solutions for our customers. 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”