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Highly scalable systems built from many low-cost machines can offer many significant efficiencies. However, there are some fundamental changes in thinking required to make the most effective use of these systems. Otherwise, the cost savings may go unrealized. Recent years have seen dramatic changes in how servers are acquired and administered. As the scale of corporate IT operations continues to grow, more and more businesses are standardizing and consolidating their server investments, reducing their labor costs, and outsourcing their lowest-level IT operations. These actions allow businesses to reduce costs and focus on higher-level goals.
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