Why micro-virtualizing the IT department may be your solution

As an IT manager, you’ve recently harnessed and fully understood (at last) just what virtualization can bring to the average IT department. You’ve been happily creating helpful virtual divisions between your memory areas, processing power, networking controls and additional resources; all of which has consistently led to more efficient IT systems and ways of working. As the IT realm has a habit of doing—just when you’re used to one practice, along comes something new to present something more promising, which in the case of virtualization—is micro-virtualization.

What is micro-virtualization?

Micro-virtualization specifically hones in on applications (along with their processes) abstracting them away from the hardware upon which they run. What this means, in Layman’s terms, is that applications can be operated within completely isolated environments. Which, of course, is the golden goose of IT security.

Micro-virtualization is made possible through specific proprietary software known as a microvisor, developed by Bromium. Most notably their software is consistently regarded as the ultimate option for bolstering the security features that Windows offers up as standard, specifically being able to isolate and eliminate cyber-attacks at industry-leading speed. CEO of Bromium, Ian Pratt explains, “It assures Bromium security products are compatible and complementary to Microsoft’s efforts to enhance security in Windows. Microsoft and Bromine together make Windows endpoints secure, defeating attacks by design and delivering real-time threat insights. We are proud to be working closely with Microsoft to help end the era of enterprise breaches.”

Why Micro-virtualize your Windows based IT Department?

As even the amateur office IT guy knows, two of the biggest threats to the system are, and always have been, viruses and attacks made possible through the internet and through attachments that are opened by unwitting staff. However that could change, as micro-virtualization is capable of isolating such specific tasks, stopping malware from entering a system at the traditional point of entry.

Unparalleled access to essential application and services

If your IT department is constantly under the Koch with attempting to serve up solid services and application access for a plethora of enterprise wide users, then micro-virtualization may be the answer. In addition, it seems that you may not be alone in facing this situation, with research finding that as many as 90% of corporate apps wind up completely unused.

Micro-virtualization provides for balanced resources where application installations, upgrades and patches can be undertaken seamlessly. So streamline the packaging, delivery and management of applications within the distributed environment, and give your staff back the time and resources that they otherwise spent on tasks such as pulling their hair out over impossible management schedules.

Overcome a world of seriously frustrating compatibility issues

Applications are notorious for interfering with other apps instances that are found upon the average network, which can of course go on to create consistently frustrating compatibility errors. Virtualized apps can be transitioned into single executable files, which then means that nothing is ever installed permanently upon a system which may otherwise have been prone to plenty of network errors and extended downtime.

There’s no IT department within the working world that wouldn’t benefit from freed up time, more productive resources and systems that are more robustly secured from cyber-attacks. Which makes the move to micro-virtualization a must on the every evolving company’s to-do list.

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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada
Robert Cordray
Robert Cordray
Robert Cordray is a former business consultant and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience and a wide variety of knowledge in multiple areas of the industry. He currently resides in the Southern California area and spends his time helping consumers and business owners alike try to be successful.

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