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Data Centers are undergoing monumental paradigm shifts. Servers and more importantly the services they provide are expected to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by design. Enterprise data centers previously adapted to this change by following the rule that more is better and redundant configurations never hurt. However, as demand for greater processing continues to outstrip available floor space, rack space, power and air-conditioning, the market has turned to virtualization to efficiently use the resources available. It has long been recognized that most systems spend their time in idle states. For any physical computing platform, the bulk of the processing resources are underutilized.
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