Effect of Virtualization on the Data Center

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Executive Summary

Virtualization technology adoption is rapidly increasing in data centers as businesses strive to improve reliability and availability, but more importantly reduce IT costs and improve resource use efficiency. According to an IDC forecast report, virtualization services market will grow from $5.5 billion in 2006 to $11.7 billion in 2011 (Worldwide Virtualization Services 2007 - 2011 Forecast). Three disruptive market trends are converging to make virtualization a "Common sense" concept and "Most required" to most data centers. The first is the rise of the commodity-based server environment and the increasing processing power of such environments to meet the processing power of the traditional host systems.

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