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Cisco snaps up stealthy security startup Virtuata

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Virtuata, we hardly knew ye. Ye never publicly launched, and now ye have been folded into the megalithic monster that is Cisco.

Here’s what we did know about ye: Virtuata was a Silicon Valley startup based way the heck down in Milpitas, Calif., and founded in the fall of 2010. The company kept a relatively low profile, but it did state its goal was “to change the way computers are trusted and secured.” We’re not aware that the company ever took any institutional funding.

Virtuata co-founder Joe Epstein previously co-founded Meru Networks, a wireless infrastructure company that took a total of $152 million from venture firms between 2005 and 2009, then exited via IPO in early 2010, with a $66 million valuation.

The other Virtuana co-founder is Peter Danzig, a PhD and visiting Stanford lecturer who also led Wirama to its 2008 exit via acquisition to Checkpoint Systems. He also worked on web security products for Ironport, and he was doing so when Cisco bought that company in 2007. So, the two had some ties to Cisco prior to the deal.

“Virtuata provides innovative capabilities for securing virtual machine level information in data centers and cloud environments,” writes Cisco biz dev chief Hilton Romanski on the company blog. “Together, Cisco and Virtuata will enable consistent and enhanced security for virtual machines allowing customers to accelerate the deployment of multi-tenant, multi-hypervisor cloud infrastructures.”

The deal was officially sealed on July 13, 2012. The Virtuata team will join Cisco’s data center group and will report to David Yen, the group’s senior vice president.

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