“Virtualization of server workloads has become an increasingly popular method for making more efficient use of computer hardware and the supporting infrastructure. Virtualization provides many advantages to the data center administrator, while necessarily changing the way they create and manage their deployments. Server application virtualization is a more difficult undertaking due to the complexity of properly allocating the hardware across multiple server workloads. Combining applications which cannot coexist on a single machine across multiple Child partitions within the same host presents unique sizing and security challenges as well. Likewise, resulting network virtualization and the potential for multiple simultaneous server failures when the Parent partition fails presents unique security and availability problems….”
This article cover fascinating details on what you need to consider when virtualizing a network security edge infrastructure. This a big difference between approach security for virtualized servers versus virtualizing network security devices, such as the Forefront Edge security products. This paper will provide you the details that give you the heads-up on virtualizing edge security devices.
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Thomas W Shinder, M.D., MCSE
Sr. Consultant / Technical Writer