According to one of Crosby's presentation slides at Structure, Bromium's technology is said to secure application clouds and virtual desktops, as well as rich client devices. It plans on running on multiple processor platforms, including x86 and ARM, and will be optimized for mobile devices.
InfoWorld was able to catch up with Simon Crosby to find out more information about the new stealth company and some of Bromium's future plans.
InfoWorld Virtualization Report: Bromium's three founders are extremely well-versed in the virtualization industry. How did you all come together?
Simon Crosby: Ian and I have known Gaurav since he built the Phoenix Hyperspace BIOS implementation of the Xen hypervisor, which was launched in 2007. It was an extremely innovative system, and much of the thinking that went into it shaped the design of the currently shipping XenClient XT secure client hypervisor.
After he left Phoenix, Gaurav put together an architecture and initial implementation of a system that permits granular control of execution, with the specific goal of permitting policy-based security. He, Ian, and I decided to combine forces to create Bromium, pooling our deep systems focus on virtualization to develop a wholly new way of looking at endpoint security -- one in which the hypervisor can be used to mitigate the effects of even zero-day attacks.
InfoWorld: Bromium has quite an impressive background of board members and VC firms. What was it that attracted them to the company?
Crosby: Securing computing infrastructure (both client and cloud) is the most important challenge in the adoption of cloud computing, and enabling enterprises to adopt a more consumer-led approach to IT. Recently, the spate of new attacks on enterprises of all sizes has left the ecosystem staggered at the thought of escalations in cyber warfare and surveillance. Bromium has developed an extremely innovative and novel way to use virtualization to crack some tough security challenges.
The technology applies to clients and clouds, and it could have a profound effect on infrastructure security generally. But to succeed, it needs very deep systems expertise in security and virtualization. Our founding team has that, and our board brings in addition the business and investment experience we need, so it's a perfect combination.
Many of us have worked together before, and there is a level of trust and understanding between us that allows us to work together on hard problems, in a highly focused way.