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Virtualization from the Security Practitioner's Point of View

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Abstract

x86 virtualization is a popular new concept and architecture for today's enterprise IT environments. Not only does it provide for flexibility and timelessness in technology, but it also promises to provide economic efficiencies through the reduction of power requirements and the increased usage of existing processing power. With great potential comes great responsibility. Those fundamental building blocks of risk in a virtualized world can be applied to any new virtualization use case and architecture. More importantly, enterprises need to assess the capabilities and readiness of the marketplace to handle security needs moving forward. This Burton study discusses the native security functionality of the primary virtualization platforms and the availability of third-party solutions to augment security requirements.

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