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Cost Effective Scaling with Virtualization

An overview of the industry trend toward virtualization, how server consolidation has increased the importance of application uptime and the steps being taken to integrate load balancing technology with virtualized servers.

An overview of the industry trend toward virtualization, how server consolidation has increased the importance of application uptime and the steps being taken to integrate load balancing technology with virtualized servers.

At a projected market of over $4B by 2010 (Goldman Sachs), virtualization has firmly established itself as a significant technology. Virtualization is expected to impact the way IT manages everything including cost, application deployment, green computing, and storage.

But what exactly is virtualization? Who needs it? Who uses it? How does it impact the way end users perceive applications?

At a high level, virtualization is simply an application and its base operating system combined together (encapsulated) in a single compact package. Once paired, this encapsulated solution can be easily migrated to different servers and cloned for use as needed. By running applications on “virtual hardware” such as VMware’s ESX Server, IT managers are able to transparently shift resources to where they are needed without interrupting business.

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