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Datacenter Infrastructure Will Adapt to Virtualization or Die Trying

In 2009, virtualization crossed an important threshold. According to IDC, this was the first year that new virtual server deployments exceeded physical server deployments. For every physical server sold, more than one new virtual machine (VM) was created. This trend is accelerating — average VM-to-server consolidation ratios range from 6:1 to as high as 10:1.

While the typical datacenter is only about 25 percent to 30 percent virtualized today, companies plan to quickly expand beyond 50 percent. A 2010 survey by ESG Research showed that only 14 percent of companies had virtualized more than half of their servers at the end of 2010, but by the end of 2012 companies expect that will climb to 38 percent. However, there’s a very real risk that virtualization projects will collide with economic constraints…

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