Rookie security company of the year

Winner: HyTrust

HyTrust delivers an enterprise-class solution – the first offering of its kind – aimed at solving a critical issue that currently hampers the broader adoption of virtualization throughout the enterprise. HyTrust emerged from stealth mode some six months ago and is currently involved in numerous proof-of-concept deployments at some of VMware's largest enterprise accounts.

HyTrust enables the broader adoption of virtualization – and all the business advantages that come with it – by providing a single point of control for hypervisor policy definition, access control and security configuration. This process enables virtual infrastructure to become as operationally ready as physical infrastructure.

The company recently demonstrated its offering at VMworld 2009 and left the show with Best Security Product and Best of Show accolades. In addition, Hytrust was one of the top winners in SC Magazine's Security Innovators Throwdown, a competition to find young security companies with fresh ideas, held during the SC World Congress in October 2009.

The HyTrust Appliance is the only type of solution in its category. Other vendors offer pieces of the puzzle (e.g., dedicated access control or configuration management or logging), but no vendor provides all these capabilities in one package that is specifically dedicated to policy enforcement within virtual infrastructure. Although HyTrust Appliance has only been generally available for about six months, the company is clearly posed to be a leader in this area.

HyTrust provides 24/7/365 phone support for all critical issues. The company offers two types of maintenance and support programs: Software Maintenance and Platinum Support is offered for the Enterprise Edition and is required at the time of purchase, renewable on an annual basis. Software Maintenance and Forum Support is offered for the Community Edition. One of the key drivers behind Community Edition is to enable small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) to cost-effectively gain the same features and benefits for their virtualized environments as their counterparts in the largest enterprises. Community Edition enables large enterprises to quickly and easily evaluate HyTrust Appliance capabilities in their environments.

HyTrust aims to build a community of professionals who are committed to growing the reach of cloud-based computing services and expanding the use of virtualization throughout their organizations.

Finalists 2010

  • AccelOps
  • Allgress
  • Damballa
  • HyTrust
  • StrikeForce Technologies

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