Virtualization Investigate

Securing Virtual Compute Infrastructure in the Cloud

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Executive Summary

Server virtualization is one of the hottest topics in IT today. Initially driven by the need to consolidate servers to achieve higher hardware utilization rates, boost operational efficiency, and cut costs, enterprises more recently have implemented virtualization to get on-demand access to additional compute resources. This enables them to add processing and storage capacity on the fly as needed to respond to changing business conditions. Because virtualization allows them to move resources from congested to less-congested hosts as required, enterprises also get improved server reliability, which in turn increases application performance. And consolidating servers through virtualization helps companies achieve the "Greener" data center operations increasingly mandated by corporate sustainability programs.

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