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Security fears hold back moves to next generation data centres

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Fears around security are holding customers back from making the shift towards Next Generation Data Centres (NGDCs), writes Linda Endersby.

The survey from Crossbeam  identified the three main technology areas of the data centre as application servers, storage infrastructure and network

A massive 94 per cent of respondents cite network security as the top reason why NGDC deployments are stalled, with virtually no progress anticipated in the next 12-18 months.

"For all the documented efficiencies and green benefits of the NGDC, virtualised environments are much more fluid by nature, which opens the potential for threats due to the ease with which applications and data can be moved around," said Jim Freeze, chief marketing officer of Crossbeam. "IT organisations realise that bringing network security into the NGDC must be a priority. Yet the survey results reveal a troubling lack of progress."

The survey explains a key driver behind this problem is that network security technology remains mired in a "last generation data centre" approach, due largely to a lack of understanding of how to virtualise network security infrastructure as well as budgetary constraints.

Michelle Bailey, research vice president for IDC's Enterprise Platforms and Datacentre Trends commented, "Organisations need to adopt a virtualisation strategy that enables network security infrastructure to be as dynamic as the rest of the environment, or they will wind up with many of the same cost and complexity problems that plague traditional data centres,"

Bailey continued "While virtualising network security is still a relatively new concept, it is clear that IT organisations need to be making investments in the right expertise and technologies if they want to avoid repeating the security mistakes of the past."

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