Date Added: Dec 2012
Data centers manage complex server environments, including physical and virtual machines, across a wide variety of platforms, and often in geographically dispersed locations. Information Technology managers are responsible for ensuring that servers in these increasingly complex environments are properly configured and monitored throughout the IT life cycle. They also face challenges managing the physical and virtual environments and the fact that the authors must centralize, optimize and maintain both. If the variation and complexity can be taken out of a process to make it more consistent, it can be automated. Through the use of virtual provisioning software, provisioning and re-purposing of infrastructure will become increasingly automatic.