WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of industry veterans, who helped design the computers and fault-tolerant systems that are foundational to modern computing, has launched a new venture aimed at dramatically improving the reliability and security of enterprise data and applications running in both cloud and conventional environments. The company, Virtual Software Systems (VS2), will offer an entirely new approach to security based on the founders' deep expertise in systems architecture, design and development.
Set to demonstrate its groundbreaking technology in early 2015, VS2 will provide a missing piece of the puzzle in today's security infrastructure, filling the gap between current perimeter solutions (firewall, intrusion detection/prevention, anti-virus, etc.) and interior defenses such as encryption, which is currently the only method for protecting data following a perimeter breach.
To date, security companies have taken a traditional, defensive approach to protecting data and intellectual property assets.
"They've applied technologies and methodologies from the physical world to the virtual world – but the headlines tell us every day that this approach is incomplete," said VS2 President and CEO John Conway. "The mechanisms used by intruders to evade detection and trick perimeter defenses are infinite, so the key is to simplify and manage the attack surface from the inside of the computer. VS2 achieves this by rethinking security at the system design level, combining principles of fault tolerance with a new spatio-temporal architecture that virtually manipulates time and neutralizes attacks before they can become harmful exploits."
About the founding team
The VS2 engineering team holds more than a dozen computer design patents and is responsible for many foundational technologies that support today's complex computer and network infrastructure.
Conway himself brings more than 25 years of executive management consulting and venture experience to the company. He was a founding partner of Gemini Consulting and played a key role in growing the firm to more than $1 billion in revenue in only three years. During his career, he also worked with a "who's who" of technology consulting organizations, including Booz Allen Hamilton, EDS Corporation and Sapient Corporation, with marquee clients such as AT&T, IBM, DirecTV and The Walt Disney Company.
Conway is joined on the founding team by a distinguished roster of technologists and business leaders, including:
- Richard Fiorentino, chief technology officer, was a co-founder of Marathon Technologies (a pioneer in modern fault-tolerant computing architectures) and a core member of the team that created Digital Equipment Corporation's VAX systems and workstations. He holds six United States patents in parallel computer architectures, fault-tolerant computing and software. During his career, he held development and management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, Telex and GTE, and served as a consultant to Nokia, AT&T and Pearson PLC.
- Mario Troiani, vice president, engineering, developed computer products and technologies at Digital Equipment Corporation and was a founding engineer at Marathon Technologies. He contributed to the development of the first single-chip PDP-11, the VAX8600 and a number of fault-tolerant servers. He is an expert in high-performance, high-availability and mission-critical computer technologies, and has co-authored four patents on fault tolerance.
- Charles H. Kaman, Ph.D., chief scientist, holds multiple patents and has published articles on topics including microprogramming, algorithms, and the interaction of implementation and technology in computer systems design. Dr. Kaman collaborated on the designs of several processors and peripheral controllers both as an architect and implementer. This breadth of experience gives him a unique vantage point from which to consider alternative solutions to systems design problems.
- Thomas Wetmore, chief marketing officer, is an experienced entrepreneur and executive, having founded and led several companies including SignChannel for Scala, Inc., MetroNext, GigaBeam and Private Planet. He has also held operational roles in both large and small companies, including vice president of marketing at EDS Communications' Industry Group and vice president at Lightbridge.
- Frederick Smith, chief financial officer, is a hands-on financial operations expert who has spent over 25 years managing entrepreneurial start-up and early-stage companies. Prior to VS2, Smith was the director of finance and operations at Permessa Corporation. He has spent years structuring and managing the financial operations, accounting, contracts and human resource activities of early-stage companies to support growth, or to bring them through recession and changing markets to a successful exit.
About Virtual Software Systems, Inc.
Virtual Software Systems (VS2) is a stealth-mode venture focused on transforming the reliability and security of enterprise applications and data in the cloud. With unique, patent-pending technology and a team responsible for numerous computer industry innovations, VS2 will reveal more about its novel technology and approach in the coming months.
Based in Waltham, Mass., the company is privately funded. Please visit VS2 on the Web at www.virtualsoftwaresystems.com
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