How Does Virtualization Change Your Approach

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 14, 2010

As virtualization adoption continues to increase, it has opened a heated debate in the market over the security and compliance of virtual environments. On one side, many virtualization product vendors argue that implementing virtualization increases security by isolating functions into their own environments. However, many counter that virtualization introduces new risks including novel points of attack, the ability for virtual resources to easily evade policy and the volatility of critical security and compliance data. Who is right?

"Virtualization is a disruptive new technology that can greatly improve IT operational effectiveness while reducing overall costs, making it a critical initiative for IT Directors charged to “do more with less.” Virtualization has the potential to transform every layer of the enterprise IT stack, bringing consolidation and increased utilization of physical assets, version control of entire operating systems and applications, and instant virtualization as one of the fastest-growing emerging technologies. Estimates are that the server virtualization software market will grow at a compound annual rate of 28% from 2008 through 2013 (from $1.8 billion to $6.2 billion)." Seven Steps to a Virtual-Aware Security Strategy

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