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Managing virtual data center growth and virtualization challenges

One of the biggest problems facing modern data centers is growth. The increasing demands of users, applications and data have strained data center resources and capital budgets. It’s easy to see why virtualization is touted as a solution to data center growth. After all, the consolidation of running more workloads on less hardware brings efficiency that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. But while virtualization can address some data center growth challenges, it’s not the entire answer. In fact, some attributes of virtualization technology have actually introduced new pain points that organizations sometimes struggle to rein in. Data centers embrace virtualization to ease the proliferation and maintenance of server and network hardware and often benefit from lower power and cooling costs that accompany hardware consolidation. But virtualization deployments usually present another set of challenges that administrators must contend with. More on virtual data centers: Virtualized data centers: A resource library The...

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