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PCI compliance virtualization guidelines create ROI for retail stores

August 31, 2011

The PCI Security Standards Council's recently released virtualization guidelines provide an opportunity for significant return on investment for retail stores, RIS News reports.

The PCI Security Standards Council’s recently released virtualization guidelines provide an opportunity for significant return on investment for retail stores, RIS News reports.

The goal of virtualization in a retail setting is to create a system of stores that are virtualized under a single hardware platform. This benefits retail chains because they’re all virtually identical, reducing the investment of a PCI-compliant solution.

Furthermore, because physical stores tend to produce lower volumes than their online counterparts, high-performance software isn’t needed. Because less hardware is required to perform more tasks, stores using virtualization see a marked ROI. Once the return is realized, components of infrastructure that follow PCI compliance guidelines can be implemented across a store’s chain.

However, the Korea Times predicts that virtualization will eventually result in many large retail spaces being abandoned, as more activities that previously required physical interaction become available virtually. This trend can already be seen in New York, as many buildings in the Financial Distract are being converted from offices to residential structures.  

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