East-west (machine-to-machine) data movement is increasing in volume as workloads become movable and thus more demanding on their infrastructures. At the same time, perimeter-only, firewall-based security has proved weak in a world of advanced cyber-attacks. Evolving security models, such as software-defined and distributed firewalls, are beneficial, but they also create new management complexities. In these environments, IT teams are finding it difficult to deploy a tight approach to security. To improve security profiles, organizations are now turning to techniques such as micro-segmentation to amplify and distribute current defenses. Micro-segmentation divides a network into smaller zones and provides protection by making security adaptive and multilayered. It provisions services closer to the applications, between application tiers and even to the machines within tiers. In this slide show, citing resources from eWEEK archives, a whitepaper from VMware and industry perspective from Arkin’s Mahesh Kumar, we examine the top 10 reasons why micro-segmentation can provide greater security than conventional approaches within the data center.

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