VMware just announced its intention to join the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council.
The virtualization leader hopes to influence the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) so that virtualization doesn’t represent an obstacle to security compliance.
At today in fact, as Christopher Hoff, Chief Security Architect at Unisys, noted on his personal blog, the PCI Council didn’t do anything to put virtualization on top of its priority.
Additionally, VMware is now fully busy pushing its cloud computing vision, and if the company wants to convince large corporations to move their data into the cloud better have some security standards supporting the scenario. Otherwise this is what is likely to happen.
VMware is not the first virtualization firm interested in the PCI standards. In March Fortisphere joined the PCI Security Vendor Alliance demonstrating its commitment to comply with DSS standards.