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Virtualization Security: Protecting Virtualized Environments by Dave Shackleford

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Chapter 1

Fundamentals of Virtualization Security

Virtualization technology has been around for many years, in a variety of formats. Ranging from logical partitioning on mainframes to the highly diversified technologies of today like desktop, server, and application virtualization, the concept of virtualization is firmly embedded in today's datacenters and here to stay. However, with the rapid advances in virtualization technology comes a dark side, namely in the form of security risks. In this chapter, we'll examine the underpinnings of today's virtual technology; I'll explain what it means and how the various moving parts work together.

Then, we'll explore a variety of threats to your virtual environments, some of which are much more pressing, ...

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