Hewlett-Packard and virtualization specialist VMware Inc. announced this week their intent to collaborate on developing and marketing security technology for the cloud. The companies said they aim to advance customer protection by integrating HP’s TippingPoint intrusion prevention system with VMware’s vShield and vCloud Director products to deliver a unified cloud security system and by automating the processes of scanning, identifying threats and blocking attacks.

“With the growth of virtualization and cloud computing, security requirements have never been more complex and critical to our clients,” Alan Kessler, vice president of the security products division for HP, said in a statement. “Building upon HP’s global strategic alliance with VMware, this expanded relationship is designed to deliver additional innovative security technology for a converged infrastructure.”

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