Virtualization

Virtualization: Benefits and Challenges

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Executive Summary

Virtualization is a high-tech buzzword in broad use today, but its increasing importance is based on more than just the passing fancy of the crowd. With its potential to reduce capital expenses and energy costs, virtualization presents an attractive solution for enterprises looking to save money and generate value from their IT investments. Virtualization can indeed offer many benefits to enterprises, but the benefits must be weighed against the potential threats to information assets and the business itself. This white paper examines some of the business benefits that accrue to virtualized solutions, identifies security concerns and suggests possible solutions, investigates some change considerations that should be considered before moving to a virtualized environment, and provides practical guidance on auditing a virtualized system.

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