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This paper describes an approach to help answer this question. This paper first examined the challenge of IT labor costs. The authors then introduced the key components of the Power Systems cloud solutions and how each tier of the private cloud stack fits within the virtualization, standardization and automation model. The authors proceeded to quantify the impact of virtualization by constructing a labor model that calculated the total labor hours required to set-up and maintain the overall infrastructure for both stand-alone x86 environments and virtualized Power Systems private cloud environments.
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