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Virtualized applications: What's your priority?
This article is part of the Virtual Data Center issue of April 2011, Vol. 32
Deciding which applications to run on virtual servers can be difficult. Virtualizing applications requires careful consideration, so it's best to prioritize which apps are the best candidates. Successfully virtualized applications improve resource usage and disaster recovery, reduce hardware and power costs and provide greater flexibility. IT administrators, management and business folks alike often ask me the same question: "Which applications do you recommend moving to virtual servers?" There are no hard-and-fast rules for what you can or should virtualize in your environment. The benefits of server consolidation and virtualization have motivated many organizations to run virtualized applications, even mission-critical or resource-intensive apps. For more on virtual applications: Virtual applications FAQ Users wrestle with virtualizing tier-one apps Interest grows in virtualized Exchange, SQL Server Virtualized applications: Categories of candidates But establishing your priorities for virtualizing applications is not as ...
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