What Will Secure Cisco UCS?
So, potential customers are wondering, who will be guarding the fort? How
much security will Cisco itself provide?
"The idea of uniting compute, storage and networking capabilities as one system requires a common backbone-a fabric-so that administrators can 'see' and control what's happening throughout the system," Vik Desai, a veteran virtualization expert and the new CEO of Toronto-based Liquid Computing, told eWEEK.
Liquid Computing is a 3-year-old startup that will be among Cisco's competitors in the unified computing space.
"This requires an approach that goes beyond the simple connectivity offered by a networking provider that's simply repurposing existing technology used in 'cable-once' scenarios," Desai said. "I, for one, doubt that a vendor that has focused for 20-plus years on routing or switching can hope to appreciate, interpret or resolve the security implications resulting from the establishment of a broad networking fabric."
To deliver a full solution-especially in a cloud environment-the fabric must be intelligent enough to introduce new levels of application-aware security that common standards don't deliver, Desai said.
"The big players haven't even brought up the issue of security as yet, so I suspect that they haven't figured it out," he said.
Zeus Kerravala, analyst and senior vice president with Yankee Group, told eWEEK that Cisco certainly is expert at some aspects of security but isn't particularly known for others.
"Cisco sells more security than just a couple of companies," Kerravala told eWEEK. "Their security business is huge. A lot of it is VPN and firewall security, however."