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Stephen J. Bigelow, Senior Technology Writer Published: 13 Oct 2012

Everything old is new again -- at least when it comes to data center computing. Early mainframes presented a centralized computing strategy, but this eventually gave way to a distributed computing model where servers appeared in departments and branch offices. Today, the proverbial pendulum has swung back toward a centralized model where servers are being moved to a single data center. This presents a unique challenge for IT professionals, who are often called on to support an ever-increasing number of servers and business processes with a decreasing budget. The good news is that there are several practical ways to address these problems and keep servers as cost-effective as possible. More on VM and server optimization: Virtual machine performance monitoring approaches and tools Stop server monitoring tools from crying wolf Virtual infrastructure management challenges: VM sprawl and security Control VM sprawl in your virtual server infrastructure How to optimize VM placement in data centers It might seem like IT professionals would be eager to embrace any ... Access >>>

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