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Cisco Acquires Virtualization Security Startup Virtuata

Cisco today said that it has acquired Virtuata, a small, privately held startup focused on securing virtual machine level information in data centers and cloud environments.

Cisco LogoMilpitas, California-based Virtuata, which has been operating in stealth mode, was a technology and talent acquisition for networking giant Cisco. Virtuata has been developing technology that improves security for virtual machines, and allows customers to accelerate the deployment of multi-tenant, multi-hypervisor cloud environments.

“As more and more business applications move to virtualized platforms, security and isolation become necessary conditions at the virtual machine level,” Hilton Romanski, VP and Head of Corporate Business Development at Cisco, wrote in blog post announcing the deal. “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.”

“The Virtuata acquisition reinforces Cisco’s build, buy, partner innovation framework and supports our strategy of providing best-in-class solutions for our customers,” Romanski added. “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.”

Terms of the transaction, which closed on July 13, 2012, were not disclosed.  

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.