Though organizations are adopting virtualization technologies to expand the potential of their servers, many companies avoid applying the technology to their critical systems because of security concerns.
According to a recent survey, companies that do not move their critical systems onto virtual servers said their security protocols are not capable of handling the technology.
Overall, 44 percent of IT leaders avoid virtualized servers because they have concerns about backing up and recovering data. However, 68 percent of companies are using virtualization.
The overarching problem the main problem occurs when businesses try to secure virtual servers through outdated physical server environments.
"Sixty three percent of respondents admitted that they use a single product to back up both their physical and virtual servers," Ratmir Timashev, president and CEO of the hosting provider, said. "With this approach, they are still treating virtual machines as physical servers, and thereby limiting their ability to use virtualization to its full potential. Consequently, enterprises do not have the optimum level of protection needed for virtualized mission-critical workloads."
In order to maximize the benefits of virtualization, companies need to get beyond the traditional computing mindsets that dictate how to secure data. Virtual environments offer a wholly different set of parameters that provide substantial potential and, in many cases, improve security when leveraged properly.