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Virtualization is widely regarded as a powerful tool for solving resource utilization challenges. From consolidating servers to pooling storage to easing desktop image management, virtualization can help organizations reduce data center complexity, lower power consumption, and save money. Yet many organizations decelerated their adoption of virtualization over the course of 2008, according to surveys conducted by IDG Research Services in the spring and fall of that year. For instance, in the spring, 72 percent of respondents said they were currently investing in server virtualization. Yet only 47 percent said so in the fall. Similarly, while 11 percent of spring respondents said they had no plans to invest in virtualization over the next 12 months, by the fall that number had leapt to 20 percent.
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