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VMware's vSphere Hypervisor is its starter kit for SMBs and others taking the virtualization plunge for the first time -- ostensibly to get them hooked on the platform as their needs grow. It's not open source, but it's free. "[It allows] plenty of flexibility and usability," Thorpe said. "We are running 20-plus virtual servers on a couple of ESXi physical hosts at the moment. Licensing fees only apply to my subset of Active Directory servers."
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?