What Will Secure Cisco UCS?

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-05-04 Print this article Print

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."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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