As virtualization continues to expand to new parts of IT, more administrators may be concerned with security implications.
New trends are emerging in which companies are virtualizing entire computer farms and data centers, according to a recent report from Financial Planning. After successfully virtualizing machines within individual organizations, IT administrators may be turning to more large-scale projects that can help them cut even more costs.
With that as a motivator, IT departments are given the freedom to deploy virtualization technology in new areas.
"Now, all of a sudden, there's a lot of rope," Brian Stevens, chief technology officer of Red Hat, said at the recent Bloomberg Enterprise Technology Summit in New York.
However, this trend could be creating unforeseen virtualization security risks, according to others in the industry. Glenn Dasmalchi, CTO of Juniper Networks’ enterprise sector, told Financial Planning that incorporating virtual technology creates 80 percent more network links that must be managed within an IT department.
Furthermore, others have expressed concern over the growing number of devices employees are using as a result of virtualization. Also speaking in an interview with Financial Planning, Parag Patel, vice president of global strategic alliances for VMware, said the use of smartphones, tablets and other portable devices is facilitated as a result of virtual technology.
Subsequently, IT administrators will need additional virtualization security tools to protect the larger collection of network links and mobile devices, each of which can present security threats.
In fact, recent research suggests that the use of mobile devices may already be putting corporate data at risk. According to a study conducted by Juniper Networks, mobile malware grew 250 percent between 2009 and 2010. Also, the majority of this growth targeted devices running Google’s Android mobile operating system, the fastest growing platform in the world.