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For many customers, there has been a growing need to provide ever-increasing physical server deployments to service business needs. This has subsequently led to a number of inefficiencies in operational areas. Servers have typically been overprovisioned in terms of CPU and memory resources in addition to storage resources. Power and cooling costs, as well as data center floor space requirements, grow with each additional physical server, whether the resources are overprovisioned or not. When considering the effects that large numbers of physical servers will have in an environment, and the inefficiencies of practices such as overprovisioning a physical server, the costs become exorbitant and the resulting Return On Investment (ROT) is extremely poor.
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