VMware Inc. announced an intriguing development on the security front during its recent annual conference. The virtualization pioneer introduced an extension to its NSX network platform that leverages compute unit acceleration using intelligent network interface controllers.
Behind the jargon behind the VMware announcement lies a simple reality: the DPU has the potential to be a game changer for VMware when it comes to network security.
“There’s an aspect of isolation to that, which is this firewall that we put everywhere,” said Tom Gillis (pictured), senior vice president and general manager of the Networking and Advanced Security Business Group at VMware. “We put it in every little part of the server, and when it’s running on one of these DPUs, it’s in a different memory area. It adds an air gap to the server itself so that if the server is compromised, it won’t get onto the network. Really powerful.”
Gillis spoke to the CUBE industry…