Category: Thought Leaders
Name: Marc Woolward
Why nominated: Marc Woolward's nomination is based on his 30 years of work building architectures for and implementing datacenter software automation, and private cloud architectures.
Profile: After joining vArmour in 2015 Marc Woolward did something that is not always welcome by a person's new employer. He became a disruptive force.
Luckily for vArmour, Woolward's disruptive endeavors centered on developing new and efficient ways for businesses to secure their data. This is a topic of which he had intimate knowledge having spent the majority of his career unraveling the challenges of securing data centers.
Another positive outcome of this disruptive process was being awarded several patents focusing on segmentation and service chaining in the modern data center. During his first year he pushed vArmour from having four patents issued and 11 pending to 13 issued and 24 pending.
One of the products that Woodward's efforts has led to is the Multi-Cloud Security Architecture a vendor-agnostic framework for securing hybrid cloud infrastructure within OpenStack that vArmour launched in late 2015.
What colleagues say: “Having worked with him at both Goldman Sachs and in my current role as CEO of CleanSafeCloud, I've witnessed firsthand just how important Marc's insight and opinion is in delivering strategic business results -- knowing that Marc is involved in any given project, puts those around him at ease. He is the ultimate representative of what it means to be at the forefront of the data center and cloud security movement.”
-Christian Sarrasin, CEO, CleanSafeCloud