Survey Respondents Overwhelmingly Concur That They Are Moving Forward With Virtualization, but Security Concerns Run High
REDWOOD SHORES AND SUNNYVALE, CA — September 1, 2010 — Altor Networks, a leading innovator and provider of security for virtualized data centers and clouds, together with Juniper Networks® (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings), a leader in high-performance networking and an Altor partner for virtualized server and network security solutions, today announced the results of a jointly conducted survey at the VMworld show floor. The survey, which garnered responses from the representatives of over 200 firms at San Francisco's Moscone-hosted VMworld 2010, found over 77% of respondents have security intensive environments with over 90% of workloads requiring protection. Despite moving forward with virtualization, survey participants acknowledged they are mixing workloads of varying importance on the same virtual machine hosts and that their efforts to secure them would benefit greatly from solutions that bridge the gap between physical and virtual security. Over 70% of respondents are mixing workloads on the same hosts and well over a third believe that the best way to secure them is with solutions that unify physical and virtual network management constructs into a single view.
The survey participants were also asked about how often changes like VM additions or deletions take place in their virtual networks with over 55% reporting changes occurring multiple times a day. This rate of change far exceeds what is possible in a physical network and clearly points to the need for automation in the monitoring and controlling of virtualized network security and compliance.
Key findings of the survey include:
- 40% of respondents cite time to deployment and cost as leading considerations in the virtualization of their critical workloads.
- 86% of companies consolidate mixed workloads (e.g. Web, App, DB) and notice amplified security risks, as a result.
- 63% of respondents state that their virtual infrastructure administrators or network operations staff, not security, is responsible for security.
- 34% rank unified management for physical and virtual network security as the most important security concern in their virtual and cloud infrastructure.
"We're seeing the majority of enterprises virtualizing their mission-critical workloads concurrently with efforts to find the best way to secure them," said Johnnie Konstantas, vice president of marketing, Altor. "The survey reveals the real struggle of today's IT personnel to meet business objectives for increasing operational efficiency while maintaining or fortifying security. The responses are at times surprising in that they reveal workloads at great risk as a result of virtualization and organizations earnest in mitigating that risk as soon as possible."
"The survey results reflect the reality in today's IT environments: economic conditions are pushing organizations toward virtualizing ahead of risk mitigation considerations as a result of a cost cutting mindset," said Avishai Avivi, senior director, Strategic Alliances, Juniper Networks. "Our technology and integration efforts with Altor address a very imminent need to implement virtual network protections within a familiar and pervasive construct - the physical network security architecture. This is the fastest and safest way for organizations to ameliorate risk and virtualize comprehensively."
Altor and Juniper executives are available for interview at the Altor booth #1437 or interviews can be arranged by calling Leah McLean at (415) 308-7928.
Altor Networks is the leading innovator and provider of security for virtual data centers and clouds. The company developed the world's first purpose-built firewall for virtual networks and has continued to embed multiple layers of protections including on-board intrusion detection (IDS). Altor's virtualization security solutions are currently protecting some of the world's most demanding virtual environments including those of media giant Nielsen Corp. and the US Army's Human Resource Command. Founded in 2007 by security and networking experts from Check Point Software, Cisco and Oracle, Altor Networks is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California. For more information, visit www.altornetworks.com.
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