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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Anyone who doubts the power and impact of virtualization isn't seeing the whole picture. Back in 2000, I had a heated debate with a co-worker who was convinced the Internet didn't bring any real value to anyone. I was reminded of this when I recently heard from an industry expert who said server virtualization is a "one-time step function." He believes "the market forces haven't changed" and that "consolidation of servers happens one time and then it's done. Within two years, the IT shop once again has hundreds of server boxes and the effect of consolidation is all gone." I disagree to such a degree it makes me dizzy. IT infrastructure market forces have changed in nearly every way because of virtual machines (VMs). At VMworld, I was blown away by the momentum and possibilities. Few things are this important and the impact is just beginning to escalate. Server virtualization is a new approach to implementing infrastructure that's far more efficient then ever before. One of the big flaws in the argument made by the industry expert I quote above is that it ... Access >>>

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      Server virtualization drives storage growth and dramatically drives the proliferation of storage networking. This is enabling the re-invention of how we manage, protect, store and access information.

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