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April 2009

Sell the business on virtualization security

Virtualization has taken on a life of its own, sweeping across organizations of all sizes and shapes like a perfect antidote to all the inefficiencies in IT. Executive management has been rushing to inject this drug as quickly as possible, viewing all of the costs savings realized through virtualization as free. And in this economic environment, the pressure is particularly high to move quickly and ask questions about security later. "Free" to a CFO or CEO means getting all the efficiencies without any commensurate risks. A few of the perceived freebies include faster time to market for new applications via "McServers," less physical space to house data centers and server farms, less power to cool and operate the data centers, faster and lower-cost disaster recovery. But we in security know better. There are no free lunches in IT. Now that the antidote has taken effect in most organizations, some of the side effects are popping up. Things have moved so quickly that IT security has struggled to define its role in the new virtual ...

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