Server Virtualization Security: 90% Process, 10% Technology

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Executive Summary

Perhaps the biggest concern with securing x86-based virtual server environments is updating existing management and security processes to cope with relatively new technology. There are no known exploits that can critically compromise a virtual server based on Citrix/Xen, Microsoft, or VMware technologies - although the vendor community is in the process of improving control and visibility of the underlying virtualization layer. In the interim, Forrester believes that updated security practices will adequately protect most organizations' systems.

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