The widespread adoption of virtualization, cloud computing technologies, and flattened network architectures is emerging as a common practice in Next Generation Data Centers. There is a confluence of drivers at play. Ramped up and accelerating demand for new services, budgetary constraints, and globalization are among the chief influencers fueling this adoption.Virtualization Is Mission-Critical: Data centers are embracing virtualization to enable consolidation and increase resource utilization. However, security and compliance concerns remain because most virtualization projects rely on traditional and outdated security models. This introduces significant risks, such as not knowing how many or where virtual machines (VMs) are running, whether or not trust boundaries established in the physical environment have been properly migrated to the virtual environment, and whether or not the VMs are secure. And, organizations are rarely willing to minimize the cost savings associated with virtualization by increasing workload and management in other areas like security.
Cloud Computing’s Growing Role: Cloud computing introduces additional risks and complexities, especially with public cloud designs where multiple, independent customers share virtualized physical assets. As a result, many IT teams have compromised on a hybrid cloud, in which an organization provides and manages some resources in-house (private cloud) and has others provided externally (public cloud). The hybrid cloud increases utilization of computing and storage resources and sidesteps some of the security concerns of shared resources with other tenants.
Securing the Data Center: The advantages of specifying in-depth security solutions at the outset of a data center build out, up grade, or consolidation are numerous. Proactively demarcating physical and virtual resources, securing virtual machines, establishing trust zones, implementing deep visibility for advanced situational awareness, and formulating enforceable policies constitute a new set of best practices. All these eventually lead to significant business benefits like; critical services can be deployed more quickly and reliably across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. Equally important, these services can benefit from higher availability, greater levels of security, and compliance. In short, security goes well beyond threat prevention. It is a strategic set of enabling technologies that allow organizations to realize dramatic improvements in operational efficiencies across business units.
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