The Security Aspects Of Virtualization

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The security aspects of virtualization are of vital importance.The cost benefits of virtualization allows enterprises to significantly reduce the space and electrical power required to run data centers and streamline the management of an ever-growing number of servers. Virtualization also provides means for expedient scalability. Given today 's economic climate and cost-cutting mandates, it is not surprising that a firm analyst Gartner recently predicted that 50 percent of workloads will run inside virtual machines by 2012. According to reports from Odyssey, “beyond the benefits of economic savings and enhanced flexibility in capacity planning, virtualization also introduces a number of threats and challenges to the security of organizational information. Among such threats and challenges is the increased network complexity and diminished visibility of the network traffic flowing within the virtual environment, which makes it difficult to detect Malicious “insider” Activity and Attacks. In the event that an internal malicious user or an attacker manages to compromise the virtualization layer, or hypervisor, this could lead to a compromise of all servers hosted on this virtual environment and as a result all applications and data residing in it.” If one’s definition of a secure virtual environment conflicts with prevailing standard definitions, it can create confusion and conflicting security recommendations. There are two major issues that need to be defined concerning
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