Forrester recently surveyed 205 infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives and found that while firms prioritize
improved virtualization and have ambitions for internal infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), or private cloud, they lack
sufficient virtualization maturity practices. The survey asked about current virtualization practices to create a clearer
picture of virtualization maturity as well as gauge future plans for cloud. Forrester’s position is that the cloud is more
than virtualization — but virtualization maturity is foundational to a firm’s ability build cloud services. Cloud
incorporates virtualization, better management processes, and requires a more comprehensive strategy and
architecture. However, if you haven’t virtualized, then you’re on a tricky path to further cloud deployments.
This Forrester guide describes the security challenges within virtualized environments and shows how to apply the concepts of Forrester’s Zero Trust Model of information security to secure the virtual environment effectively.
In today’s data centers, IT often virtualizes new applications and workloads by default. Virtualization is the norm; deploying a physical server is the exception. The technology is mature and enterprise adoption is high, yet information security does not have a significant focus on virtual security. Given the converged nature of virtual environments, security incidents can result in significant damage; therefore, it is critical that security professionals redouble their efforts and make securing their virtual infrastructure a priority.