The company has also launched the VMware Compliance Center, a website dedicated to educating merchants and auditors about compliance in a virtualized environments, and the resource includes links to relevant white papers and webcasts.
With its entrance into PCI SSC, VMware hopes to address confusion about whether virtual environments comply with existing standards for data security.
"Right now, from an audit perspective, there is confusion around if someone wants to use virtualization, if it can be used in a PCI-compliant environment," said Bill Hau, the vice president of Foundstone Professional Services, a division of security vendor McAfee.
Bringing PCI DSS into the virtual world
Founded by a core group of credit card merchants, including American Express, Discover, JCB International, MasterCard, and Visa, PCI SSC developed the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which is a set of guidelines that participating merchants must follow to safeguard credit card data. As part of that group, VMware's plan "is to show how certain regulations might need to be adapted to take advantage of virtualization," said Shekar Ayyar, VMware vice president of infrastructure alliances.