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While the reasons for and the benefits of data center virtualization are well-known, server virtualization comes with challenges of its own. Rapid proliferation and virtual machine sprawl can begin to increase cost of ownership by making configuration management difficult and complex. Further exacerbating the situation is the rapid proliferation of virtual appliances - pre-configured virtual machines that offer plug-and-play solutions providing specialized functionalities such as CRM, BI, or messaging and collaboration. This white paper is based on a study conducted by Edison Group to verify advantages showing that, from the standpoint of management software efficiencies, EVA storage arrays and HP BladeSystem comprise the best solution in a VMware environment. Use of EMC's CLARiiON arrays is assessed for comparative purposes.
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