But he said that the technologies which existed for auditing computer environments were not suited to the task because they were developed for physical rather than virtual environments. Even so there was a clear need for some sort of system to allow users to lift the hood on virtual environments and get a clear view of what was going on, and determine whether the security settings were appropriate.
'The challenge that I was facing even as an end user was that the (virtualisation platform) guidelines were very geeky, very technical,' he said. Clients acknowledged they didn't always have the time to properly implement virtualised environments according to the guidelines, but recognised that they still needed visibility of the entire environment, understanding that a flaw could bring the entire system crashing down.
'Simple things like management layers that allow you to set security and control could be left wide open. The information needed to be presented in a more meaningful way,' said Mr Reeman.
At present he believes there is some overconfidence in and trust in virtualised environments, largely because people haven't performed full audits of their environment
'We provide visibility and validity to the environment so that it can be understood both by management and the techies,' he said. VMinformer performs an audit, identifies any issues, tells the user how to fix those issues, and then leaves the final decision on what to do to them.
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