Virtualizing security

Jaushin Lee and Andrew Wahl of Imera Systems share how virtualization of security can lead to on-demand provisioning of deep integration among ecosystem participants.

Interview conducted by Vinod Baya and Bo Parker
Photo: Jaushin Lee Photo: Andrew Wahl

Jaushin Lee is founder and CEO of Imera Systems and the visionary architect behind the Imera Virtual Fabric platform, the industry-leading secure virtual infrastructure solution for enterprise computing and communication. He started Imera after a very successful career at Cisco Systems, where he managed the Cisco Network Search Engine (TCAM) and high-speed SRAM programs. At Cisco, Lee was one of the architects behind Cisco TCAM and high-speed I/O development, and he was responsible for driving the technology strategy with the world’s leading semiconductor vendors.

He has 18 years of R&D and management experience in networking and computing engineering. Lee holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has an M.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University. He has published 15 international conference and journal papers and has filed numerous US patent applications both at Cisco and Imera.

Andrew Wahl is the CFO of Imera and a managing director at IG Partners. He founded IG Partners, a San Francisco Bay Area management firm focused on helping companies achieve milestones for explosive growth. He is a senior operating executive with 30 years of experience in delivering bottom-line results in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100. He managed the explosive growth of the seventh fastest growing company in the US between 1995 and 2000 by consistently applying innovative, profitable solutions to complex problems. IGP trains client personnel in all facets of career development.

Wahl started, grew, and sold two businesses; successfully managed structural and organizational changes in startup, growth, mature, acquisition, divestiture, and privatization environments; and continues as a member of advisory and corporate boards. Internationally, he established and directed worldwide operations including research, engineering, production, and distribution in Asia, Europe, and North America.

He received his B.A. degree from Villanova University, an M.B.A. from Rutgers University, and completed Stanford University’s Advanced Management College.

In this interview, Lee and Wahl discuss how cloud computing challenges traditional approaches to security, and they discuss how security—like servers or storage—can also be virtualized to support cloud-based business models.