InfoWorld: Cloud computing continues to thrive and analysts are predicting that its usage will continue to climb. This was a major topic at Citrix Synergy this year, and it's something you have been talking about for quite some time now. As you leave Citrix to begin a new adventure, what are your thoughts on the cloud's ongoing trend?
Crosby: Cloud computing will continue to have profound effects on both enterprise IT and on the consumer. Most enterprises think that "cloud" is synonymous with the ongoing process of greater automation and self service access to IT, via virtualization. We think of it the other way round: The cloud that is having the most dramatic effect on IT is the one that we adopt as technology consumers -- perhaps we can call it "the cloud in my pocket" -- in which consumer adoption of smartphones and tablets is having a dramatic effect on IT. Cloud computing is leading us into the post-PC era, and that has enormous effects on the client world, as well as server.
InfoWorld: Bromium is still in stealth mode, but the company seems to focus on the security aspect of cloud computing. Why did you decide to make that your focal point?
Crosby: Bromium is focused on the delivery of infrastructure solutions that permit enterprises to safely embrace two major trends in IT: consumerization and cloud computing. The rapid growth of new device types and consumer-driven device, app and network choices, combined with increasing mobility and the need for "anywhere, anytime access" to enterprise data and applications, poses a significant risk to the enterprise.
The rapid adoption of cloud computing leaves enterprise data and applications vulnerable to attack. Bromium's technology will permit the development of a powerful set of solutions to these problems and deliver a more trustworthy computing infrastructure.
InfoWorld: So what are the next steps for Bromium, and what are your plans for this newly announced round of funding?
Crosby: Bromium is tackling some very challenging problems. The first order of business will be to close the door to the world and build real products that we can show to customers. We're hiring in California and Cambridge, U.K., and we are developing our road map. It will be quite a relief to get the fuss over with, so we can get on with building a real system.
I've been asked why we raised so much money. The answer there is easy: Developing hypervisor-based systems is expensive. We need real hardware and have to produce complex software that works well on a broad list of systems from OEMs, and test and QA are very substantial challenges.
This article, "Startup aims to secure application clouds and virtual desktops," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in virtualization at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.