February 21, 2008 / 3:46 PM / 11 years ago

EXCLUSIVE-VMware to unveil security initiative - sources

BOSTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - VMware Inc (VMW.N) is working with some of the world’s biggest security software makers to better protect computers running on its virtualization software, said people familiar with the plans.

Partners in the effort — dubbed VMsafe — include Symantec Corp (SYMC.O), McAfee Inc MFE.N, the Internet Security Systems division of International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N), EMC Corp’s EMC.N RSA security unit and Check Point Software Technologies Ltd (CHKP.O), they said.

The sources asked not to be identified by name because VMware wants to unveil the initiative next week at the VMworld Europe users conference in Cannes, France.

VMware sells software that allows a single server to perform the work of 10 or more machines by creating multiple virtual computers that run simultaneously on the machine.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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