F5 Strategic Guides: Virtualization - Maximizing Resources and Reducing Data Center Costs

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Executive Summary

Implementing virtualization solutions can help improve the efficiency and availability of resources and applications, but it can also create a whole new set of challenges. Many businesses are faced with rising costs in the form of new hardware and software licenses, additional management duties and tools, and Virtual Machine (VM) sprawl that unnecessarily takes up valuable storage space. Additional costs often result from implementing OS virtualization, such as new hardware and software licenses that might be required to solve problems with availability, performance, and management. Plus VMs can burden the existing infrastructure and cause requirements to grow for application and storage networks. Management of new tools requires increased headcount and training.

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