"We see this as applicable for both enterprises and cloud service providers," says NetApp chief marketing officer Jay Kidd. Any IT shop building a highly virtualized, shared infrastructure at a large scale wants to isolate applications from each other to limit security risks and downtime, he said.What makes this effort especially notable is the fact that NetApp competes directly against EMC, which is VMware's parent company. It's a sure sign that these companies recognize just how important it is to address virutalization security concerns before they hinder the growth of a red-hot, highly profitable market.
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Many companies still don't associate virtualization projects with unique security challenges, but that situation is changing. Vendors have been slow to adapt their virtualization solutions to employ a robust, flexible security model, but this announcement is a good sign that they are prepared to get ahead of the issue.