Palo Alto Networks Inc. understands that it’s no secret that modern data centers are in the midst of an ongoing period of very dynamic evolution that has fundamentally changed the speed and efficiency of enterprise computing. As security professionals it is incumbent upon us to ensure that we deliver the benefits of these changes without undermining the security of the organization in the process. As one might expect, this is a bit easier said than done. At the heart of the issue is the impact of virtualization on network security.
The impact of virtualization on security
Virtualization has rewritten what is possible in terms of delivering applications and data in a data center. In the past, when IT or a business unit needed a new server, physical hardware needed to be sized, ordered, patched, configured and deployed in the network — it was a process that could take days, weeks or more.
Today, of course, organizations can spin up new servers that can be deployed on server hardware the enterprise already owns in a matter of minutes. Needless to say, this has enabled a previously unimaginable improvement in deployment times and hardware efficiency. Read full story.