Security – The Backbone of a Robust HCI

  • 16 October 2018
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Security – The Backbone of a Robust HCI
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This is a guest post from our friends at Bitdefender

Hyperconvergence is booming, and Nutanix leads the wave, and while HCI brings tremendous benefits to organizations in terms of agility, scalability, performance, and costs, security needs to be baked in, so that IT and security teams have complete vision in terms of the overall security posture of the organization.

From HCI To Nutanix

One of the main reason’s organizations adhere to hyperconvergence is moving operations in the cloud, and consequently building VDI-first infrastructures. HCI makes VDI’s predictable, cost-effective and risk-free from pilot to production, enabling businesses to scale elastically and cut costs associated with the acquisition of new hardware.

A successful implementation of a hyperconverged infrastructure comes from Barnsley Council, where Stephen Furniss, ICT Technical Specialist, was tasked with saving on costs while adhering to a “digital first” approach. Furniss needed a hypervisor agnostic solution that would offer single-pane-of glass visibility across the infrastructure, while having availability and capacity planning tools as part of the solution.

Going for the Nutanix solution, Furniss not only reduced their data center footprint from eight to two cabinets, but also massively saved on power consumption and air-conditioning requirements.

The Friday Slowdowns

While hyperconvergence brings significant advantages, securing these infrastructures requires a security solution that’s built to enable this digital transformation.

For example, Furniss was looking for minimum resource and performance impact on workloads, OS-agnostic security, real-time behavioral scanning capabilities, and a centralized management console that could easily integrate with Nutanix Prism to provide full visibility and control over the entire infrastructure in terms of detecting, reporting, and mitigating potential security breach attempts.

Ransomware was also a great concern for Furniss, as their previous security solution was unable to block all attacks and the organization frequently spent up to 24 hours recovering affected systems while 200 to 300 users were unable to perform their activities.

How Does This Translate For Your Infrastructure?

Organizations that adopt HCI usually have the same security requirements and Nutanix already offers a wide array of features ranging from native network microsegmentation to data at rest encryption, cluster lockdown, and two-factor authentication.

However, security also needs to extend to the workload level by offering compliance and in-depth visibility across advanced and sophisticated threats to prevent attacks similar to those Barnsley Council experienced. Barnsley Council reduced time spent per day on security administration from two hours to 10 minutes, and ransomware incidents were reduced to zero.

To learn more about how you can strengthen your HCI security strategy, join Stephen Furniss and Andra Cazacu, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Bitdefender in their breakout session ‘Bridging Hyperconvergence and Security. A Customer Story.’ at Nutanix .NEXT on November 29th at 2:45 PM.

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Session title:
Bridging Hyperconvergence and Security. A Customer Story

What key challenges can you expect to encounter when devising a security strategy for your HCI environment? How can a data breach impact your infrastructure and what steps can you take to prevent it without sacrificing operational excellence? Whether you are running a pure HCI environment or any hybrid cloud mix, join Stephen Furniss and Andra Cazacu as they discuss how Barnsley Council was able to reduce the daily time spent on security administration from two hours to 10 minutes and how ransomware incidents were reduced to zero.

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