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Active Visibility into the

Virtualized Data Center


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Active Visibility into the Virtualized Data Center


IT organizations today face unprecedented challenges. Internal customers continue to demand rapid
delivery of innovative services to respond to new challenges and new business opportunities. At the
same time, organizations are under pressure to cut back on spending and control budgets. In these
tough times, the adoption of disruptive technologies holds the key to improving efciency and truly
accomplishing more with less.
Cloud computing and virtualization are technology innovations that allow creation of a more dynamic
and exible infrastructure by maximizing resource utilization while increasing IT service delivery.
Virtualization stands to bring enormous cost savings by improving server utilization while also improving
the efciency in space and power usage. With virtualization technology in place, organizations can be
more agile than they have been in the past.
In one series of case studies presented by VMware, for example, companies using virtualization
achieved a 67% reduction in total cost of ownership for IT operations after implementation1. It is
therefore no wonder that adoption of virtualization is proceeding at a rapid rate and is most likely being
accelerated even further by new opportunities and cost controls.
With virtualization as the driving technology standard, public reports estimate that in ve years, the
cloud market will exceed $300 Billion2.
Even with the undeniable cost and scalability benets of virtualization and cloud computing, the
elastic and dynamic nature of cloud computing introduces a whole new set of visibility challenges to IT
professionals. While responsiveness to immediate needs has improved, visibility to diagnose problems
and analyze performance has become more complex. With more of the trafc being shrouded in virtual
networks, managing and monitoring, securing and complying with internal and external standards with
traditional approaches is becoming difcult. IT leaders and stakeholders are struggling with gaining
visibility, maintaining and improving security, application performance, and enforcing corporate and
regulatory policies across the virtual network while also leveraging benets brought by virtualization.

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VMware, Reducing Server Total Cost of Ownership with VMware Virtualization Software (2006)

Market Info Group, The Future of Virtualization, Cloud Computing & Green IT Global Technologies & Markets Outlook 2011-2016 (October, 2010)

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