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August 2011, Vol. 34

How the evolution of virtualization redefined efficient data centers

The evolution of virtualization has affected efficient data centers of all sizes. Within a blink of an eye virtualization had been transformed from a tactical technology that businesses adopted to save space, cooling, power—essentially to do more with less—into a corporate strategy that responded to business demands. More on the evolution of virtualization Virtualization purchasing intentions survey Virtualization management in 2012: All about multi-hypervisor Virtualization 2012: Hyper-V 3 vs. vSphere 5 showdown looms Virtualization has been around for many decades. In the beginning there were many naysayers and sceptics. But in the last 10 years, customer demand and the maturing x86 hardware platform has created a “perfect storm.” Within the space of just few years virtualization became the way to do things in an efficient data center. And as consequence, companies began adopting “virtualization first” policies. The evolution of virtualization: Starting from modest beginnings Starting from relatively modest beginnings, ...

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