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vCloud vs. vSphere: VMware explains security changes

Ellen Messmer | Aug. 29, 2012
In unveiling its VCloud suite at its annual conference this week, VMware took pains to explain how the security model for it differs significantly from that of its existing vSphere cloud computing virtualization operating system both in terms of functionality and naming conventions.

The VCNS APIs are going to be broadened in the future. Gohstand also says that VMware is taking a more open approach to working with third-party security vendors to ensure their products work in the VMware security model with vCloud. Until now, VMware has worked primarily in a tight ecosystem in which it chose security-industry partners (such as Trend Micro) very selectively to work on technical issues. But now VMware anticipates a less constricted approach with security vendors in getting products to support VCNS in vCloud.

"The doors are opened," Gohstand says. He says the idea is that security vendors should be able to more easily create software to support VCNS APIs. VMware will be keeping an eye on this based on the willingness of vendors to join the VMReady software developer program for networking and security, take mandatory training and submit products for automated testing.



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