Twelve Virtualization Myths Debunked - Slide 11

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Security myth: Virtualization is not secure.

Some negative talk comes from virtualization’s requirement for a host operation system. Those host operating systems are usually configured to bare bones, From there, the organization sets up Secure Shell (SSH) manually. Since the host operating system runs few, if any, network services, it is very secure.

It is also an excellent idea for each organization, regardless of size, to develop its own security standards as well as setting policies and procedures for complying with the internal standards.

Any software can be deemed unsafe. Virtualization is no more secure or less secure than physical server-based solutions. By following industry-standard best practices for configuring operating systems, storage solutions, and networking, any organization can create a secure environment. The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency provides multiple guides for information assurance.

Virtualization, one of the fastest growing trends in IT, lets any organization run multiple server functions on a single computer. Virtualization also makes it easier to start up new server emulations quickly. In case of failure, organizations can move server functions to new computers without interrupting service. Beyond saving a lot of money on large sites, virtualization is also moving to PC networks and serves as a foundation for cloud computing. Many myths surround virtualization. Some started when past limitations still existed. Other myths get started and spread by those who have separate agendas or those who have a limited understanding of virtualization. Here are some of the most common myths, identified by Global Knowledge.

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