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Ixia Study Finds That Hidden Dangers Remain within Enterprise Network Virtualization Implementations


When it comes to virtualization, lack of visibility and monitoring increases vulnerability

CALABASAS, CA — March 16, 2015 ­— Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of application performance and security resilience solutions, today announced global survey results demonstrating that while most companies believe virtualization technology is a strategic priority, there are clear risks that need to be addressed. Ixia surveyed more than 430 targeted respondents in South and North America (50 percent), APAC (26 percent) and EMEA (24 percent).

The accompanying report titled, The State of Virtualization for Visibility Architecture™ 2015 highlights key findings from the survey, including:
  • Virtualization technology could create an environment for hidden dangers within enterprise networks. When asked about top virtualization concerns, over one third of respondents said they were concerned with their ability (or lack thereof) to monitor the virtual environment. In addition, only 37 percent of the respondents noted they are monitoring their virtualized environment in the same manner as their physical environment. This demonstrates that there is insufficient monitoring of virtual environments. At the same time, over 2/3 of the respondents are using virtualization technology for their business-critical applications. Without proper visibility, IT is blind to any business-critical east-west traffic that is being passed between the virtual machines.
  • There are knowledge gaps regarding the use of visibility technology in virtual environments. Approximately half of the respondents were unfamiliar with common virtualization monitoring technology – such as virtual tap and network packet brokers. This finding indicates an awareness gap about the technology itself and its ability to alleviate concerns around security, performance and compliance issues. Additionally, less than 25 percent have a central group responsible for collecting and monitoring data, which leads to a higher probability for a lack of consistent monitoring and can pose a huge potential for improper monitoring.
  • Virtualization technology adoption is likely to continue at its current pace for the next two years. Almost 75 percent of businesses are using virtualization technology in their production environment, and 65 percent intend to increase their use of virtualization technology in the next two years.
  • Visibility and monitoring adoption is likely to continue growing at a consistent pace. br/>The survey found that a large majority (82 percent) agree that monitoring is important. While 31 percent of respondents indicated they plan on maintaining current levels of monitoring capabilities, nearly 38 percent of businesses plan to increase their monitoring capabilities over the next two years.
“Virtualization can bring companies incredible benefits – whether in the form of cost or time saved,” said Fred Kost, Vice President of Security Solutions Marketing, Ixia. “At Ixia, we recognize the importance of this technology transformation, but also understand the risks that are involved. With our solutions, we are able to give organizations the necessary visibility so they are able to deploy virtualization technology with confidence.”

Download the full research report here.


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