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January 2010, Vol. 18

Virtualization cost savings: Labor and maintenance

Generally speaking, virtualization projects present an opportunity to save money across the broad technology landscape. One of the largest virtualization cost savings opportunities is operational efficiencies. For larger IT environments that allocate labor costs directly, this can be a substantial savings and provide one of the best benefits of virtualization. More on virtualization cost savings Saving money by using virtualization Using virtualization for cost-effective servers Cutting and controlling costs with virtualization Virtualization costs include software, hardware and labor Server hardware cost comparison: Is virtualization cheaper? How virtualization can reduce labor costs Like many areas in technology, a well refined cost model can help to realize these virtualization cost savings. If labor hours are charged in an organization to a cost center or project number, virtualization can fundamentally reduce the hours associated with each task. Labor entries may be less for a virtual machine (VM) than a physical system to ...

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