Virtualization

The Business Value of Virtualization

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Executive Summary

In May 2009, VMware commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate the business value of x86 server virtualization. In particular, Forrester interviewed individuals responsible for the IT infrastructure architecture, including VP and C-level individuals, at 29 large enterprises about why their company invested in virtualization and the specific ways it has improved IT efficiency or flexibility. In particular, the authors asked executives to rate the benefits received from consolidating servers, performing business continuity/disaster recovery, reclaiming data center capacity, and executing similar initiatives.

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