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3 Steps to Virtualized All-in-One Security: Implementing a Security Solution in a Virtualized Environment

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Executive Summary

Within the current economic climate, consolidating multiple physical servers into a single (or a few) virtual server(s) has become a popular way to make better use of available server resources and to significantly reduce costs for hardware, software, maintenance, operations, and energy ("Green-IT"). The final concept of maintaining only a single server, i.e. an "Office-in-a-Box", is quite exciting and desirable especially for Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) or branch offices of enterprise companies. However, while there are concepts and best practices available on how to consolidate web, mail, database and other application servers, IT personnel is still challenged with the security aspect of virtualization.

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