One of the major concerns businesses face when considering a virtual server hosting solution for data storage is the issue of security. Some believe the myth that virtualized servers are inherently insecure, but this thought stems from a misunderstanding about virtualization technology.
A recent Gartner report indicates that poor planning, not poor technology, dictates security issues on hosted virtual servers. The myth does, however, have some root in reality, TechWorld reports.
When dealing with a virtualized server environment, the infection of one hyperviser can quickly expand a virus into the entire data center. This can cause major technical problems, compromising the data throughout the virtual environment.
However, Gartner's study focuses on poor planning by businesses when discussing security issues on servers. According to Gartner's research, approximately 40 percent of all server virtualization projects are deployed in the enterprise without consulting the business' security team. This creates a nightmare in terms of IT infrastructure, as challenges associated with adapting to a virtualized environment require proper planning.
Jim Brewster, a senior IT pro at Sabre, told TechWorld new technologies in virtual server management are upgrading hypervisors to improve security. The overall focus of creating a secure environment falls on improving data storage protocols, making it easier to limit threats to specific portions of a virtualized network.
Recently, Microsoft announced a new upgrade to its popular Hyper-V server virtualization platform. One of the major new tools added to Hyper-V is designed explicitly for the purpose of improving server efficiency, allowing virtualized data centers to contain more data and exert more control of information on servers. With improved control comes an increased ability to manage security by preventing any malicious code from spreading throughout the data center.