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Securing your virtual environment

Securing Virtual Cloud Environment

Odds are your IT environment is somehow engaged in virtualization — either directly in your data center or indirectly via the service providers you’ve engaged.

But how much have you — or your IT people — thought about virtualization security? This matters more than you may think. One Gartner analyst has estimated that 60% of virtualized servers will be less secure than the physical servers they’ve replaced.

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Think it can’t happen to you? Think again

Target with a cluster of bullet holes around the bulls eye.

Two kinds of security threats have emerged of late that need special attention, even if you’re running a small enterprise: Targeted zero-day attacks and advanced persistent threats.

Targeted zero-day attacks
Microsoft’s recent Internet Explorer security flaw (see my last blog post) is a fine example of a zero-day attack. The attackers got their edge from speed, since reactive countermeasures that depend on threat signatures — such as patching and tools like antivirus software and intrusion prevention — couldn’t be updated fast enough to halt the flaw.

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The importance of IT security vigilance

Importance of Managed IT Security

Last September 18th, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security warned that nation’s population not to use Internet Explorer because of an IE security flaw “is already being used for targeted attacks” designed to lure users to an infected website which, when visited, allows hackers to take control of the user’s computer. Soon after, the Swedish government issued a similar warning.

Even worse, Microsoft was not immediately able to fix the problem. First came a temporary patch, said to be less that complete.

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How to get the precise Cloud capabilities you need — affordably

Customized Cloud Computing Services

When you find a Cloud services provider who’s able to precisely design and customize Cloud capabilities to address your organization’s unique needs, you can begin down the path to achieving the flexibility, scalability, cost reductions, efficiencies, redundancy, and disaster recovery protections you need. And you can do it without overspending on overcapacity.

In particular, a services provider who will customize your Cloud services can address your security concerns with an over-arching services contract and service-level agreement (SLA) that’s explicitly written for your business.

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How to find out if DaaS is right for your business — part 1 of 2

Free Desktop as Service (DaaS) Proof of Concept by Quest

For those who are ready to explore Desktop-as-a-Service, it’s worthwhile to find a DaaS-competent Cloud services provider who is willing to work with you to conduct a no-cost DaaS Proof-Of-Concept at your premises using you applications, data, and devices — and involving your employees.

There really is no other way to learn what your business can get from DaaS. A free DaaS Proof-of-Concept will help you understand very concretely how DaaS will work for your employees and what they’ll get from it. Using an iPad as part of your DaaS Proof-Of-Concept can be a wow! experience.

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5 DaaS FAQs — and the answers worth noting

FAQs on Desktops as a Service (DaaS)

These are some of the most common questions I get asked about Desktop-as-a-Service — and here are my answers.

  • Q. What end-user devices can we use to access our virtual desktops?
    A. Quest’s DaaS lets you use just about all of them: Any Wintel or Mac computer or laptop, iPhones, iPads, Android phones, and Android tablets. It even works on a Kindle Fire.
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Do you need DaaS? 5 hints to look out for

5 Capabilities To Look Out for in a DaaS Solution

I saw a sign recently with these six words: Change, of any sort, requires courage.

Change can be so difficult that sometimes we’d prefer to convince ourselves that it’s unnecessary. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

But how do you know it ain’t broke? Complex systems and (infra)structures often fool us with their own forms of what amounts to landscape amnesia: By inches, conditions deteriorate, and this happens so slowly and in such small increments that we do not notice.

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How DaaS impacts your IT environment

Desktops as a Service (DaaS)

The idea that the guts of an employee’s work environment which has for so long resided on his or her individual desktop PC might reside somewhere else is an idea that takes some getting used to.

So let’s take a few minutes to consider what this really means in terms of…

Security:  Because DaaS — Desktop-as-a-Service — puts each employees desktop image in the Cloud, employee apps and data stay secure — even as individual employee desktop images are rapidly deployed on-demand to virtually any device (including employee-owned devices), anywhere those employees may be (as long as they have Internet access).

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