Security virtualisation perhaps can be considered from two different perspectives:
- Virtualising your security appliances and software
- Securing your virtual platform and virtual systems
Virtualising your security appliances and software
Using hardware or platform virtualisation enables security software to be virtualised, separating the software from the underlying hardware resource and from other virtualised software. This has significant advantages:
- You can utilise your existing virtual server platform investment to run virtualised security applications - without having to purchase, maintain and support new appliances or additional server hardware. If your virtual server platform includes resilience making the virtual applications highly available, then this means your security services benefit from this too.
- You can run many different security services on less hardware, reducing your capital expenditure and operational costs - less hardware to purchase, maintain, support, power and cool.
Several of the security vendors that Tek-nology Solutions represent have virtual machine images of their software that support VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. This is a growing trend.
Securing your virtual platform and virtual systems
With the wide-spread adoption of virtual platforms and systems, vendors are creating products designed specifically for securing your virtual platform.
New protection solutions are being designed to protect multiple virtual machines in a single solution.
Several of the security vendors that Tek-nology Solutions represent have solutions for protecting your virtual platforms.