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.