Powering Up Virtualization with HP ProLiant G7 Scale-up Servers

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Executive Summary

In a few short years, x86 server virtualization has gained universal recognition as an enabling technology for enterprises that want to increase efficiencies, lower operating costs and be infinitely agile. Many enterprise IT executives now realize that meeting the ever-intensifying demands of today's always-on businesses means nothing short of virtualizing every nook and cranny of the IT infrastructure.

As such, enterprises have been gradually moving virtualization from test-and-development starting points, into full production environments. On average, industry watchers believe enterprises have virtualized roughly 30 to 40 percent of their servers today.

But the pace is quickening, as enterprises now see virtualization as a crucial foundational technology for next-generation IT - i.e., cloud computing. Gartner numbers bear this out. At the end of 2009, the firm's research showed that 18 percent of enterprise data-center workloads that could be virtualized had been virtualized. By the close of 2012, that number is expected to grow to more than 50 percent, Gartner says. Sponsored by HP and AMD Opteron 6100 series processors.

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