Benefits of a Virtualized Data Center
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Overview: One of the hottest trends in the IT industry today, server virtualization has its roots in the IBM mainframe world of the 1960s, had a rebirth in the late '90s, and finally came of age in 2007. Since that coming of age, the market penetration of server virtualization is staggering. On one end of the spectrum, nearly 100 percent of Fortune 1000 companies are using virtualization technologies on production systems. On the opposite end of the spectrum, virtual utility hosts and cloud computing vendors are springing up to cost-effectively support smaller companies, even those that require only a single server. Everyone is virtualizing, but why?