Infrastructure Optimization with Better Security and Resources Controls

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Cloud computing, IT consumerization and new data points have created additional strains on the modern virtualization environment. Administrators are actively trying to place more users on virtual machines while still maintaining optimal efficiency. The great part is that there are now tools and technologies designed to directly optimize the very engine that helps VMs run better. These tools help create real-world infrastructure optimization while still enabling security and resource controls.

It starts here, at the hypervisor layer. There, we still have to work with common resource ingredients. RAM, storage, and compute resources are distributed amongst VMs based on a number of different requirements. One of the biggest challenges for a cloud and virtualization environment always revolves around security. Managing an additional client, deploying policies to a variety of end-points, and worrying about resource consumption from an all-important security system are all considerations for the modern IT administrator. But how do you create better infrastructure optimization without sacrificing security?

  • Consider your VMs. What’s sitting on top of your hypervisor? Is it a virtual desktop or a virtual server? Is the machine hosting specific applications? Are there direct dependencies? Most of all – what level of security does that VM require? You need to know the OS of the VM as well as the workload running on top. In many cases, clientless security can cover a lot of what you’ll need to deploy an optimization virtualization infrastructure. However, there will be cases where absolute, granular, security is required. In those cases, a client may still need to be deployed. The key is knowing which VMs can go clientless – that’s where you get your optimizations. Furthermore, a good management layer not only improves VM security, it also helps with VM resource controls. When you gain control of your virtualization ecosystem, you begin to see real-world infrastructure benefits.
  • Understand resource utilization. Take a look at your current platform. Do you know the resource metrics around your security solution? Have you gauged the resource ramifications at the end-point? A big part of the digital revolution has been what our end-points can process and manage. This means working with technologies which can keep up with demand and user requirements. Resource utilization is a critical factor to understand. You can create powerful security architectures – but it resources are being eaten up – you could possible create negative user experiences. So, even though your security is great, you may be wasting money on resources. Ensure that management is aligned; and that security does not deprecate the user experience.
  • Creating security policies. Imagine being able to build security policies which are enacted directly at the hypervisor level. Malicious content wouldn’t even reach the VM since this powerful security solution would catch problems proactively. That’s the key – making sure you secure and monitor your infrastructure to find issues before they become serious problems. That said, security technology has come a long way. Even if you’re a compliance-driven shop – working with a next-gen security tools makes a lot of sense. When using such a solution, you’ll be able to support compliance and risk mandates by collecting more data that is accessible and auditable. Remember, just because you’re a compliance-driven shop doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from enterprise resource control optimizations. These security policies scale throughout your business, your data centers, and your users.
  • Building a more efficient cloud. Not only are you meaningfully reducing the IT cost structure for security and compliance – you’re also doing this very efficiently. As you build your enterprise cloud ecosystem you’ll need to protect against security threats which are becoming a more complex challenge in a virtualized environment. To maintain security and compliance, enterprises also must effectively control and protect intra VM traffic. Your cloud infrastructure can now be built around direct security efficiencies which can deliver comprehensive security without a performance impact. Today’s cloud spans on premise and publicly available resource points. This means that controlling and securing these resources is absolutely critical. Building a more efficient cloud also means building a more effective security and infrastructure resource management environment.

Remember – your infrastructure is a critical component of your business. Virtualization allows for greater density and a lot more control over an environment. Still, optimizing your existing VMs and workloads can only create a more efficient infrastructure. Furthermore, you’re capable of positively impacting the end-user experience. Virtual infrastructure optimizations don’t always have to revolve around buying more hardware. By deploying infrastructure optimization and next-gen security technologies – you enhance overall functionality while still creating a more optimizing, cloud-ready, platform.

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Bill Kleyman

Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies

Bill is an enthusiastic technologist with experience in datacenter design, management, and deployment. His architecture work includes large virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Bill enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues around everything that is technology. During the day, Bill is the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, where he interacts with enterprise organizations and helps align IT strategies with direct business goals. Bill’s whitepapers, articles, video blogs and podcasts have been published and referenced on InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Data Center Knowledge, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and many others. Most recently, Bill was ranked #16 in the Onalytica study which reviewed the top 100 most influential individuals in the cloud landscape, globally.

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