Virtualisation is big news for small and medium businesses, because it enables them to do much more work with much less kit. By running multiple operating systems on a single server, it can save firms a fortune – so it’s hardly surprising that small and medium sized businesses are embracing virtualisation in record numbers.
That’s good news for all kinds of reasons – it’s reducing firms’ carbon footprint, making their IT more efficient and saving huge piles of cash – but unfortunately it seems that many businesses aren’t taking simple steps to protect their virtualised systems. So how can you keep your systems safe?
When security firm Symantec surveyed nearly 700 companies in 28 different countries, it discovered a worrying trend: firms investing in virtualisation weren’t taking even the simplest steps to protect their data. Just 15% were backing up the data used in their virtual environments, and an incredible 80% weren’t protecting their virtual environments with anti-virus software.
That’s an incredibly risky approach, especially when securing your server is so simple. From the smallest start-up to the biggest agency, Dell has the security solutions to keep your stuff safe.
Multiple lines of defence
In an ideal world there’d be a single technology that protected you from every conceivable threat, but of course life’s a bit more complicated than that. That’s why Dell has created four kinds of security solutions: security services, which provide a comprehensive range of monitoring, management and security consulting services; network security, which protects your business not just from malware such as viruses and worms but also from intruders and even spam; endpoint security, which protects the data on PCs, notebooks, servers and mobile devices; and data security, which enables you to protect sensitive data from prying eyes, digital disasters and good old-fashioned human error.
Secure the perimeter
Dell’s doing to system management what it did with hardware, taking complex, proprietary technology, simplifying it and streamlining it. Protecting your network from intrusion’s easier than you might think. Appliances such as the Dell PowerConnect J-SRX series provide world-class firewall protection and IP Security (IPsec) virtual private networking technologies, and they’re easy to setup and require minimal configuration. Easy, quick and secure to deploy, even for security beginners, the J-SRX series provides superb intrusion protection, anti-virus protection, anti-spam screening and even web content filtering.