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Virtual Tip of the Iceberg

Starting to get worried about the exposure of those thousands of virtual servers in your data center? The bad news is no one knows for sure what security threats lurk in the virtual world. The good news is, security tools are finally starting to emerge. (See VMs Create Potential Risks.)

Blue Lane Technologies on Thursday will release software that basically shields a virtual machine while it automatically detects vulnerabilities and applies patches. VirtualShield runs on VMWare's ESX server, sitting between the hypervisor and the VMs.

"They [Blue Lane] are taking their network-based shielding product and bringing it inside the virtual server," says Neil McDonald, a vice president at Gartner and a Gartner Fellow. "It buys you time and lets you bring it [the virtual machine] up and shield it."

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Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading