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Virtualization security dynamics get old
This article is part of the November 2013 Vol. 15 / No. 9 issue of Information Security magazine
"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed." -- William Gibson In 2008 at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, I presented the results of two years' worth of security research. "The Four Horsemen of the Virtualization [Security] Apocalypse" sought to educate the Black Hat audience about the past, present and future of the intersection of virtualization and security. The presentation focused rather ruthlessly on the operational realities of how virtualized compute, storage and networking were fundamentally disrupting security; hence, the "Four Horsemen" rephrased succinctly: Consolidating physical appliance functions, and reconstituting them as a monolithic virtual appliance, will yield poorly performing solutions that are incapable of scale and difficult to manage. If virtual security solutions are not properly integrated with a virtual platform's security functionality and its orchestration systems, then performance, resiliency and scalability will suffer. Complex, highly available ...
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