Virtualization offers organizations the opportunity to reduce costs and increase agility; however, if this is done without implementing best practices for security, virtualization may actually increase costs and reduce agility, according to Gartner, Inc.

Virtualization software allows users to simultaneously run multiple operating systems (OS), or multiple sessions of a single OS, on a single, physical machine - server or desktop. Regardless of the specific architecture, virtualization uses a privileged layer of software that, if compromised, places all consolidated workloads at risk.

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