Virtualization is not a new option for data storage and security, but it is still less understood outside of purely technical circles. Because it offers so many benefits, including improved employee productivity, higher return-on-investment, lower IT costs, better data management and increased data storage capacity, it’s always a good time to learn about its applications for the workplace.


One of the reasons some companies are reluctant to implement the full benefits of virtualization is due to security concerns. The company may not yet be aware that today’s security solutions are more than able to provide for total data security in a virtualized environment.

A Definition

Virtualization refers to the simulation of foundational hardware and/or software that runs other software. It allows data management to be centralized, improves storage capacity and optimizes use of remaining hardware resources. Rather than relying on several different servers to run several different applications, all of those applications can be run on a single server that can handle multiple operating systems and applications. From here it is easy to visualize the future hardware and software licensing cost savings as well as improved worker productivity across the network.

Virtualization-Aware Technology

The latest advancement is the creation of virtualization-aware technology. While this term may seem unfamiliar, its meaning is simple. Traditional physical server systems are not aware of the presence of virtual servers and virtual machines. In the past, this has caused productivity to slip and security concerns to arise. So with the types of hybrid server systems that more than 50 percent of companies are using today, physical and virtual technology need to be aware of each other at all times so that data can be secured, regardless of where it goes within the hybrid server network.

Virtualization-Aware Security

Today, security solutions have bridged the technology gap to provide seamless data protection. These solutions are smart, fast, adaptive and cost-effective. Here are some of the main benefits of these security solutions:

  • Virtual patching. Virtualization-aware security solutions incorporate virtual patching to resolve security issues that might otherwise go unnoticed in hybrid server systems. Virtual patching is done in real time, eliminating the need for server reboots and downtime.
  • Low memory load. These kinds of security solutions use very little memory so they don’t bog down employee devices. Without this feature, employees may choose to disable security scans, which can cause preventable data vulnerabilities.
  • Adaptive threat detection. These security solutions have mastered the art of adaptive threat detection. Today’s malware, spyware, viruses and other threats are adaptive, which means they are written to be able to execute more than one action. They can also choose the best action for the situation they find themselves in. With adaptive threat detection, the security solution can now meet threats head-on by adapting to each new threat before it has time to readjust to being shut down.
  • Centralized management. Virtualization-aware security solutions offer centralized management of security monitoring across the entire server network. With centralized management, IT directors can log in to a single Web portal and view the data and security activity across the entire network. Centralized management also allows for centralized threat analysis reports that are often required aspects of maintaining compliance.
  • Agentless monitoring. This type of security solution offers agentless monitoring, which reduces the load on IT employees by virtualizing many of the most common threat prevention, detection and monitoring activities they would otherwise have to perform.

Lower Costs Plus Higher Productivity

With all of these features, it is easier to see how virtualization-aware security solutions can free up company resources to maximize technology benefits. Implementation of this technology with appropriate security allows employees to make use of BYOC/BYOD programs without creating additional security vulnerabilities, frees up IT staff, reduces server downtime and offers enhanced workforce efficiency. With all of these features it’s easy to see why this is the future of data storage and security.