Leaders in Virtualization Security?

An analyst report identifies current leaders in virtualization security, yet notes that these top dogs may lose their perch.


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Virtualization has come a long way in the last few years, now creating a market for virtualization security. As vendors spy an opportunity, which firms are the market leaders? Paul Rubens reports.

Which firms are the leaders in virtualized infrastructure security? There's no obvious answer to this question because, as yet, no real market leaders have emerged. But this sticky situation is set to change in the near future, according to Jeff Wilson, a security analyst at Infonetics Research.

The results of his "Security for Virtualized Infrastructure: North American Enterprise Survey" study suggest that 2011 will be the year that brand leadership and mindshare are well and truly established in the virtualized infrastructure security market.

The reward for vendors that emerge as top dogs is a potential sales bonanza: Respondent companies expect to splurge an average of 51 percent more on security for virtualized environments in 2012 than they did in 2010.

Right now, Wilson believes that hypervisor-makers VMware and Microsoft, plus Cisco, are the leading names in security in virtualized environments by default. However, they will not be able to maintain their positions.

Read the rest about Virtualization Security at ServerWatch.

Tags: Cisco

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