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Virtualization uncouples operating systems and applications from the physical hardware to allow a server, networking or storage device to run multiple, isolated and diverse virtual environments. In practice, the technology enables businesses to consolidate multiple IT resources, such as operating systems and software applications, on a single server. These resources are called "virtual instances." Consolidation through virtualization can reduce the number of servers used, decrease floor space requirements and lower costs because of less demand for power and equipment. Not only can you control costs and conserve energy a greener way of doing business you also can build redundancy into your infrastructure while using less equipment than you might with traditional configurations.
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