Virtualization

An Analysis of Server Virtualization Utility Incentives

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Executive Summary

Server virtualization is a proven, stable technology that directly reduces risk and increases available computing capacity while simultaneously reducing energy consumption when properly deployed. Although server virtualization is often the first significant green initiative undertaken by IT organizations, it is not easily or consistently deployed, particularly in the case of small to medium-sized organizations (SMBs). There is still opportunity for utilities to influence and accelerate server virtualization. Since small to medium-sized data centers and server closets in the United States comprise the overwhelming majority of the IT energy consumption, server virtualization can still provide significant energy savings for utility programs that support it with incentives and outreach.

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