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VMware Acquires Cloud Startup CloudCoreo


On Wednesday, VMware made its latest move to continue the build out of its multi-cloud and security story with the acquisition announcement of cloud configuration and management startup, CloudCoreo, a small Seattle-based company founded in July of 2016 with less than a dozen employees on hand.  With the addition of CloudCoreo into the mix, VMware customers should get a better understanding of risks in the cloud and gain additional capabilities of securing disparate environments. 

The CloudCoreo acquisition will be added to the recent addition of AppDefense which was announced six months ago at VMworld 2017.  The AppDefense security solution leverages the virtual infrastructure to monitor running applications against their intended state, and it can detect and automate a response to attacks that attempt to manipulate those applications.  Where AppDefense is used for securing applications running on virtualized or cloud environments, CloudCoreo will focus its attention on vulnerability assessment.    

According to Milin Desai, general manager, cloud services at VMware, customers are increasingly shifting to public clouds; and as they do, they are encountering unique security challenges which is a top concern of organizations as they make the move to the cloud. 

"Security in the public cloud for applications of today and cloud-native applications are composed of hundreds of configuration parameters," said Desai.  "Making sure applications are properly configured and secured, even as the speed of development and deployment increases and as organizations deploy across heterogeneous public clouds, is essential to protecting corporate data and information."

CloudCoreo offers a solution for the market, proactively identifying public cloud risks at the time of deployment to prevent breaches of compliance violations before they occur.  The solution also continuously scans and monitors the cloud infrastructure in order to keep applications and data safe.

CloudCoreo offers a proactive and continuous approach for keeping a cloud infrastructure secure.  In addition to continuous monitoring, it discovers public cloud misconfigurations or risks at deployment time, so they can be fixed before breaches or compliance policy violations can occur.  It also inspects the entire infrastructure stack (cloud services, hosts, and application configuration) to provide insights and shared visibility across Security and DevOps teams.  This ensures users are always provisioning and maintaining secure infrastructures.

Cloud misconfigurations are a major issue when it comes to cloud security.  Organizations still struggle to understand when the responsibility to properly configure cloud environments falls on the vendor or on the customer.  Even Amazon has had to deal with the challenge of customers leaving sensitive data exposed in their own environments. 

"As a part of VMware, CloudCoreo will enable us to extend our model of supporting consistent operations across any cloud," explains Desai.  "We will help customers to access the best cloud for the needs of each individual application, while optimizing security and compliance.  And we will give customers the ultimate choice to develop any type of application their business needs and deploy to any cloud, without increasing complexity or risk to the business."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the fledgling company had only just recently raised a $2.9 million seed round in October 2016 which was led by Madrona Venture Group.  CloudCoreo's flagship configuration-management product is expected to become part of VMware's Cloud Services unit.
Published Friday, February 16, 2018 7:27 AM by David Marshall
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