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Virtualization and Container Security: Is There an Impregnable Architecture?

Virtualization and Container Security: Is There an Impregnable Architecture?

This IDC Perspective document examines virtualization and containerization technologies from the security angle, discusses concepts that drive innate security, and identifies shortcomings and benefits of hardware and software abstraction."There is still lot of discussion on what is more secure — containers or virtual machines? Innate properties of abstraction technologies provide some security benefits via streamlined architecture, rationalization of functions, immutability, and isolation. Nevertheless, there are critical components — such as access management, orchestration, configuration, and runtime monitoring — that will require security-conscious implementation for successful virtualization strategy," said Konstantin Rychkov, research manager, IDC's European Security team.


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Abstraction Concepts: Secure or Not?
Isolation
Immutability
Complexity Reduction
Advice for the Technology Buyer
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