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August 2011

Virtualization infrastructure monitoring: Eating your veggies

Let's face it: Many virtualization administrators fail to pay adequate attention to security, resource requirements and virtual machine monitoring tasks that their virtualization environments require. But giving these factors short shrift can invite security breaches, virtual machine (VM) performance problems and system downtime. Monitoring your virtualization environment is the cornerstone of maintaining your infrastructure's health. In the first two parts of this series, we discussed how to plan a virtualization project, then how to build and configure a virtual environment. In this, part three of a four-article series on virtualization deployment projects, we outline how to secure, populate and monitor your virtual environment. Securing your virtual environment When implementing a virtual environment, admins often fail to take the time to properly secure the environment, which is a big mistake. Most bare-metal hypervisors are reasonably secure out of the box, but there is always room for improvement. In addition, it's fairly ...

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