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This article is part of the Virtual Data Center issue of December 2011, Vol. 36
Unless you’ve been living under a rock since 1995, you’ve probably adopted some form of virtualization in your enterprise. In fact, according to TechTarget’s State of the Data Center: 2011 Special Report, about 60% of the IT professionals who responded to our survey are working with virtualization today. That’s a plus for enterprises because virtualization enables a wide range of important capabilities in data centers. Fifty-nine percent of IT survey respondents are using virtualization to consolidate their server farms. Consolidation is just the beginning. Administrators still need to actively provision, monitor and manage the performance of each virtual workload across their data centers. Because virtualization abstracts the workloads from the physical hardware, it’s much harder to track status and keep workloads running smoothly. Meeting these growing challenges demands a careful application of systems management tools. Picking a systems management tool for your virtual data center might seem straightforward, but getting the ...
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