Server Virtualization: One Path That Leads to Cloud Computing

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Executive Summary

Virtualization is much more than a tactical cost-cutting trend. Virtualization must be seen strategically as a catalyst of overall IT change and modernization. These changes position IT more as a service provider for the business, helps IT behave more like a cloud provider, and prepares the business to be a better consumer of cloud computing. Virtualization should be approached strategically, as a modernization catalyst with far-reaching technology, process, people and business ramifications. Virtualization enables four of the five attributes of a cloud computing provider: service-based, scalable and elastic, shared, and metered by use.

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