In this unit, we discuss virtualization and cloud computing, both of which now have solid footing in modern IT infrastructure. These technologies are somewhat related… Cloud computing relies on virtualization technology in order to scale.
While virtualization within an organization has gained quick acceptance among most IT security professionals, adoption of cloud computing in security conscious market spaces has been rather slow—which is understandable, given the multitude of security concerns.
One area of concern, is the nature of virtualization, and disparate organizations sharing the same infrastructure. In order to understand these concerns, it is important to understand virtualization.
In the IEEE Internet Computing journal, Volume 20, Issue 1, page 83-87 (Orman, Hillary), there is an interesting discussion about virtualization, and cloud computing. This week’s case study group will summarize the findings, find any relevant or related research on the topic, and facilitate a discussion on outsourcing infrastructure to the cloud, and virtualization security.