Server Virtualization: Branching Out of the Data Center

Improving Branch Office Infrastructure Efficiency
Overview


Multisite organizations are reducing the number of servers in their branch offices by moving applications to the data center. Yet, they continue to place a few essential applications locally because of performance, survivability, or compliance requirements. By making use of server virtualization, these lean branch offices can increase utilization of local infrastructure, reduce application downtime and recovery time, and shorten the time needed to deploy local applications while lowering infrastructure and operating costs.

Introduction

Some technologies, like some seeds, take longer to germinate than others. And even after they do, market conditions dictate how far and how fast they grow. Virtualization has had such a long period of dormancy, finally taking firm root in the late 1990s when VMware made it available for Intel x86 architecture (x86) servers. By 2009, according to Gartner, 16 percent of all x86 data center server workloads were running on virtualized hardware. Gartner predicts that by the end of 2012, this number will grow to 50 percent.

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