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VMWorld 2010: Security, Clouds, Parties and More Security

This year’s VMworld was a record-breaking one both in terms of attendance and content and thanks to the blogosphere here are some interesting facts:

  • 17,021: The number of registered attendees. This is up from 12,500 last year
  • 85: The number of countries represented by attendees.
  • 55: People who have attended every VMworld
  • 15,344: The number of labs delivered via the VMworld Lab Cloud. This is up from 4,500 last year.
  • 145,097: The number of VMs deployed to support the 15,344 labs.
  • 4,000: The number of VMs running per hour (on average) in the labs

The show mood was quite upbeat fueled in part by the record crowds not to mention the myriad of announcements and acquisitions. There were even some moments of downright high drama when Apple’s September press conference held mere yards away from the Moscone at the Yerba-Buena Center for the Arts sent VMworld press and conference goers scrambling for a glimpse of Steve Jobs and the new-look iPods.

Altor’s own participation had some very noteworthy highlights.

  • A password protected invitation only cocktail reception at Bourbon and Branch put us face to face with over a hundred supportive prospects and customers. We thank them for making our Monday night event a talk of the show.
  • At our booth visitors got hands on demos of Altor v4.O and its new automation and compliance modules as well as a glimpse at our short-term roadmap and integration with Juniper’s new high-performance SRX series

The real headliner though was our survey, conducted live on the show floor with Juniper. Our plan was ambitious but well worth it. A handful of staff would hit the show floor early on Tuesday aiming to conduct over 200 interviews with virtualization admins and security personnel.  During late afternoon we’d convene, tabulate the results and assemble in a news release so that we can share them with VMworld attendees the next day.  Your enthusiastic participation sent us a clear message to stay the course on architecture and product so many thanks for taking the time to give us your priorities for securing virtual environments.

The key findings are listed below:

  • 40% of respondents cite time to deployment and cost as leading considerations in the virtualization of their critical workloads.
  • 86% of companies consolidate mixed workloads (e.g. Web, App, DB) and notice amplified security risks, as a result.
  • 63% of respondents state that their virtual infrastructure administrators or network operations staff, not security, is responsible for security.
  • 34% rank unified management for physical and virtual network security as the most important security concern in their virtual and cloud infrastructure

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Johnnie Konstantas heads Gigamon’s security solutions marketing and business development. With 20+ years in telecommunications, as well as data and cybersecurity, she has done a little bit of everything spanning engineering, product management and marketing for large firms and fledglings.

Most recently, she was the VP of Marketing at Dato, a company pioneering large-scale machine learning. She was also VP Marketing at Altor Networks (acquired by Juniper), an early leader in virtualization security and at Varonis Systems. Past roles have included product management and marketing for Check Point, Neoteris, NetScreen and RedSeal Systems.

Johnnie started her career at Motorola, designing and implementing large-scale cellular infrastructure. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.