As enterprises move towards virtualizing more of their servers and data center infrastructure, protective technologies—plentiful and commonplace in the physical world—become few and far between. When your Windows Server or SQL database is running in a virtual machine (VM), you still need to protect it from viruses and other attacks while providing the same level of access controls you have for physical servers. Let’s look at the different approaches to protecting your VMs, as well as the major issues involved with deploying these technologies.
Anyone seriously invested in virtualization is going to need more than one protection product. So before you dive into this marketplace, you should carefully consider the types of protective features you really need at present, and where you want to end up in the next 12 months. You should look at covering five different functional areas: