August 13, 2019

VMworld 2019 Q&A: FireMon Will Showcase Its Global Policy Controller (GPC) and Security Process Automation for VMware NSX at Booth 226

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Are you attending VMworld 2019 in San Francisco, CA?  If so, I invite you to add FireMon to your MUST SEE list of vendors. 

With so many vendors exhibiting at VMworld, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your busy schedule?  Are you a VMware NSX user?  Make sure to add FireMon.  The company offers a highly regarded network security management solution for hybrid cloud. And they deliver continuous security for multi-cloud enterprise environments through a powerful fusion of vulnerability management, compliance and orchestration.  Since creating their network security policy management solution, FireMon has continued to deliver real-time visibility into and control over complex network security infrastructures, policies and risk postures.

Read this exclusive pre-show interview with FireMon to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2019 event.

VMblog:  As a VMworld 2019 sponsor, how can people find you this year? 

FireMon:  We will be in a 10x20 booth this year, and sending 20 people. We'll be in booth #226.

VMblog:  Is there anything unique about this year's booth setup?  Do you have a theme? 

FireMon:  Speed + Security - you can have it all.

Our booth will be standard, but we also secured an activation space in the South Concourse.

It is called the Speed + Security Cyber Café with an area for participants to fuel up with snacks, drinks and participate in head-to-head Mario Kart Races. Yes, there will be Mario Kart.

VMblog:  Can you give readers a few reasons why your product or service is considered unique? 

FireMon:  Today's architectures evolve around application frameworks in hybrid environments, FireMon Global Policy Controller (GPC) automates security across diverse network and security products regardless of vendor, where the backbone is the VMware NSX architecture.

VMblog:  And why should a VMworld attendee add you to their MUST SEE list?

FireMon:  FireMon rejects the notion that there is a tradeoff between business priorities and protecting the organization. FireMon is built for the ugly, messy, and complex. The more devices, firewalls and cloud islands, the more likely the enterprise needs FireMon.

VMblog:  Can you give VMblog readers a sneak peek as to what you will be showing off at your booth this year?  What should attendees expect to see and hear at your booth?

FireMon:  Security leaders are charged with protecting network assets and securing customer information. To accomplish this, CISOs need functionality based on a solid but actionable network security infrastructure that allows them to quickly optimize rules and add global policies without having to overhaul the underlying DevOps foundation. GPC provides an approach to automation for complex, virtualized network environments and allows network administrators to manage infrastructure with speed and agility.

VMblog:  How does your company and product fit within the VMware ecosystem?

FireMon:  FireMon removes complexity for security professionals in the trenches. With visibility across virtual and traditional distributed firewalls, FireMon ensures that enterprises get the full benefit of the private cloud. With a consistent operating model built to manage changes and risk, FireMon perfectly complements and extends the security capabilities of VMware NSX across your entire environment.

VMblog:  This isn't your first VMworld, is it? 

FireMon:  No, we sponsor every year.

VMblog:  So, what would you say to prospective attendees who are thinking about attending VMworld but aren't sure if it's worth it or not?

FireMon:  If you have NSX today, more than two types of firewalls in your environment, or if the company you work for recently made an acquisition - or if you joined the team through an acquisition - your environment defines complexity. This is exactly why you should attend VMworld.

VMblog:  What do you hope to come away with from exhibiting at VMworld?

FireMon:  GPC removes complexity for security professionals in the trenches. With visibility across virtual and traditional distributed firewalls, GPC ensures that enterprises get the full benefit of the private cloud, which for many enterprises these are the table stakes of the future for virtualized environments.

VMblog:  Finally, attendees always enjoy a good trade show tchotchke.  Are you guys giving away anything special or interesting this year?

FireMon:  We'll have a drawing for a Nintendo Switch.


David Marshall

David Marshall has been involved in the technology industry for over 19 years, and he's been working with virtualization software since 1999. He was able to become an industry expert in virtualization by becoming a pioneer in that field - one of the few people in the industry allowed to work with Alpha stage server virtualization software from industry leaders: VMware (ESX Server), Connectix and Microsoft (Virtual Server).

Through the years, he has invented, marketed and helped launch a number of successful virtualization software companies and products. David holds a BS degree in Finance, an Information Technology Certification, and a number of vendor certifications from Microsoft, CompTia and others. He's also co-authored two published books: "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and acted as technical editor for two popular Virtualization "For Dummies" books. With his remaining spare time, David founded and operates one of the oldest independent virtualization news blogs, And co-founded, a publication dedicated to Cloud Computing. Starting in 2009 and continuing all the way to 2016, David has been honored with the vExpert distinction by VMware for his virtualization evangelism.

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