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VMWare wants software defined data centres for better security

Richard Chirgwin | May 14, 2013
In a world that's only starting to agree on what defines “software defined networking”, it may sound surprising that VMWare believes the “SD” initials can be put in front of “data centres”.

Gerdes noted that the new world creates an operational (rather than a technical) vulnerability. "You have to understand who has the rights and permissions - the idea that the Vsphere administrator is the equivalent to God, who can create machines, delete machines, move machines in and out of the organisation ... should that be allowed?"

As virtualisation becomes more pervasive, he said, there is an increased, "need to control who is allowed to do what in this environment."

"I want to virtualise security," he said, adding that virtualisation users need to learn how to create what he calls "logical trust zones".

And, "if I'm going to a cloud provider, how do I build different 'network segments' and how do I evolve my processes and policies?"


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