Virtualization offers many benefits and may be an easy sell to customers, but like all technologies, it's not without security implications. Value-added resellers (VARs) and systems integrators should educate customers on virtualization security and be prepared to mitigate risks introduced to customers' networks.
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Virtualization security benefits and drawbacks
Historically, organizations have fallen into the trap of thinking about security implications after they deploy new technology. Virtualization offers so many compelling benefits that it's often an easy sell into IT architectures. But what about the security implications of using virtualization? In this tip, I'll present information about the security-related pros and cons of using virtualization technology. The goal is to give you an overview of the different types of concerns you should have in mind...
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Improving VM security: Best practices
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Anil Desai has managed data center environments that support thousands of virtual machines. He is an MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA and a Microsoft MVP (Windows Server -- Management Infrastructure). Anil has authored numerous books focusing on the Windows Server Platform, virtualization, Active Directory, SQL Server and IT management. Most recently, he has written The Rational Guide to Managing Microsoft Virtual Server and The Rational Guide to Scripting Microsoft Virtual Server.