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Top Five Security Concerns

Server Virtualization: Top Five Security Concerns

In surveys of senior-level IT managers, security is consistently one of the top five concerns, along, specifically, with security related to the hot technology of the moment. Most recently those worries have included social-networking technologies such as Twitter and Facebook and other outlets through which employees could turn loose company confidential data. But the security of virtual servers and virtualized infrastructures also rank near the top of the list-and rightly so, according to analysts.

It’s not that virtual servers are any less secure than any other server, according to Neil MacDonald, security and infrastructure analyst at Gartner. In many ways virtual machines are more secure than standalone servers, if only because they are more isolated and because they depend on a single host server, which makes the physical security issue much simpler than if each were on a separate piece of hardware, he says.


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