Understanding the Business Value of x86 Virtualization and the Benefits of Virtualization-Optimized Hardware

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Executive Summary

The benefits of moving to a virtualized server infrastructure are substantial, immediate, and enduring. There is an achievable short-term payback of from three to four months for the initial move to virtualized server infrastructure, and there is a compelling business case for subsequent investment in management tools to realize the full benefits of virtualization. Cost advantages make the early case, with additional benefits including system resiliency and IT agility building through the use of management tools. This paper presents the key conclusions and analysis for a broad category of virtualized server infrastructures, from initial deployments of servers in relatively static consolidations to increasingly well-managed, broader deployments spanning numerous servers and workload types.

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