Virtualization technology is extending from servers to applications, storage and the network itself. Exploits targeting the hypervisor are very real. Security has become a major concern at the hypervisor level. Vulnerabilities aimed at systems that were previously (albeit erroneously) considered invulnerable have begun to crop up with some regularity; hopefully that's prompting hard thinking about how security concerns are assessed and remediated as we move into the hypervisor-enabled service-oriented IT future.
- 50% of respondents use platform-bundled tools such as Virtual Machine Manager, Virtual Center or XenCenter to manage virtual machines and hypervisor hosts.
- 69% say server virtualization is very important to their organization's overall IT strategy.
- 40% expect to have 75% or more of their production servers virtualized by the end of 2013.
- 15% have fully deployed automation suites versus 45% with no plans.
The report author, Jake McTigue, is the IT manager for Carwild Corp. and a senior consulting network engineer for NSI.
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"When instilling virtualization into every layer of the stack, automation and hypervisor security are key considerations," says Lorna Garey, content director of InformationWeek Reports. "If you're going to automate production systems – a must for delivering on-demand IT services – you must ensure your systems aren't vulnerable."