To respond to the forces of change in today's business environment, organizations need flexible and cost-effective IT infrastructures. Many are taking a new approach by consolidating and virtualizing their IT resources - servers, storage, applications, networks, and even desktops. Virtualization decouples hardware and software resources from their physical implementation and thus allows organizations to make IT resources available to applications as needed, rather than requiring a dedicated server for each application. For example, applications can call on additional server processing power or storage capacity to meet changing demands. Adding advanced, automated provisioning capabilities to this virtualized environment allows resources to be applied dynamically, which provides organizations with an even more efficient, responsive, and flexible infrastructure.