Benefits of a Virtualized Data Center

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Executive Summary

Server virtualization is one of the hottest trends in the IT industry today. Server virtualization has its roots in the IBM mainframe world of the 60s, had a rebirth in the late 90s, and finally came of age in 2007. Since that coming of age, the market penetration of server virtualization is staggering. On one end of the spectrum, nearly 100% of the Fortune 1000 companies are using virtualization technologies on production systems. On the opposite end of the spectrum, virtual utility hosts and cloud computing vendors are springing up to cost-effectively support smaller companies, showing benefit for companies that even require only a single server.

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