Meeting the Challenges of Virtualization Security

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Executive Summary

Virtualization enables the organization to attain significant gains in efficiency and cost-effectiveness, along with the additional benefits of a greener consolidated datacenter, increased scalability and improved time to resource fulfillment. Unfortunately, the advantages of virtualization are balanced by increased risk exposure as virtual systems in the datacenter face many of the same security challenges as the physical servers, in addition to a number of unique challenges in protecting these IT resources. The organization needs to consider which security mechanisms can best protect both physical and virtual servers, particularly as a virtualized architecture fundamentally affects how mission-critical applications are designed, deployed, and managed.

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