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Hyper-Convergence: a Mixed Bag for Cybersecurity

As is typical with new technologies, convenience and efficiency are the focus, while security takes the backseat.

Data centers are increasingly moving to hyper-converged infrastructure to reduce costs and streamline maintenance. According to IDC, the HCI market grew 68 percent year over year: from $597 million in the third quarter of 2016 to $1 billion in the third quarter of last year.

One of the benefits of HCI compared to, say, public cloud infrastructure, is that data center admins have more control over security and compliance in their environment.

But there are also security disadvantages of moving to hyper-converged infratructure, experts warn.

"As is often the case when we move rapidly towards new IT setups, security is an afterthought," said Gabriel Gumbs, VP of product strategy at the cybersecurity company STEALTHbits Technologies. “Existing security tools were not designed with HCI in mind."

As a result, there are gaps.

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