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Calculating the Return On Investment (ROI) for virtualization is easy: If one consolidate 10 physical machines onto 10 virtual machines running on a single physical server, the capital savings can be quite substantial. However, achieving these savings is not as easy as the simple math might suggest. Many companies adopt virtualization as a cost-cutting mechanism in order to maintain services with flat or shrinking budgets. Most companies that have deployed virtualization to any extent quickly realize that they will not be able to attain the savings they originally envisioned without the efficient and effective management of the virtual infrastructure. In many cases, inefficient management reduces the anticipated savings and can slow the deployment of virtualization solutions.
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