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About Cloud computing architecture

As companies move beyond consolidating their server hardware through server virtualization, many have moved to build cloud computing architectures, including private clouds. Server vritualization enables this new IT infrastructure though self-provisioning of servers, improved and automated server management and shared use of IT resources.