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This essay seeks to establish the security of virtualized servers compared to the physical servers. The paper determines the value of virtualization in the computer architecture of today’s world which is designed to run on a single operating system and therefore, most of the computer resources are left underutilized. The focus would be to determine whether the virtualized servers are more secure than their physical counterparts giving the advantages of virtualization therein. Virtual servers over physical servers
Virtualization entails the obstruction of physical resources away from their underlying logical resources to improve flexibility and agility, reduce costs and therefore, improve the value of the organization. In a virtualized context, computing environments can be dynamically expanded, created, moved or shrunk as demand varies. Server Virtualization entails allocating several occasions of an operation system to run simultaneously on a single server. Virtualization of servers is achieved by applying a hypervisor to allocate logically and separate physical computer resources. The hypervisor enables a guest operating system to function as if it were solely in control of the hardware while running on the virtual machine, oblivious that other guests are sharing it (Bakshi & Yogesh, 2010).
The security benefits of virtualized servers over physical servers
Virtualization of servers in the current world is surrounded by a very sophisticated management infrastructure that enables the user to spin up, store, and run virtual machines: the benefits that accrue to the users of virtualized servers over physical servers include, but not limited to:
Intrusion detection The virtual server on investigating the security issues concerned conducts emergency response to the risk by recognizing the source IP addresses concerned with the attack then…...

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