Virtualization helps companies reduce hardware costs while supporting remote and internal teams in a nomadic workforce. For enterprise businesses, some virtualization isn’t a matter of “if” it will be implemented, but “when”.
As the need for virtualization becomes more and more prevalent, it’s also important that enterprise business leaders uncover and understand the risks involved with it. Data breaches, which pose a nightmarish threat to enterprise businesses can come from a number of places, including targeted corporate hack jobs and apathetic employees. Due to the increased need to use virtualization and demand for protection against threats, a security market has emerged that helps meet the needs of enterprise clients.
The above-referenced market can be broken up into 4 segments:
Segmentation by End-User: This includes cloud services, general IT, retail, government, with specific tailoring for the needs of the end-user.
Segmentation by Service Type: Some businesses offer security consulting, where others provide security management services and more.
Segmentation by Product Type: This grouping informs the user of the type of security product, like hardware, software, middleware, or cloud.
Segmentation by Infrastructure: This is a security product that offers security based on your infrastructure, such as a hypervisor.
There are a few key players in the virtualization security market internationally. They are as follows:
- US-based Global Virtualization Security Market Altor Networks;
- Japan-based Trend Micro Inc;
- US-based Symantec Corp;
- US-based VMware Inc;
- US-based Fortinet Inc;
- US-based Oracle; and more.
A multi-layered security approach is required in today’s highly complex IT world. If you’re not protecting your virtual machines at the hypervisor layer then you are not fully protected.
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