IDC Whitepaper: Optimizing I /O Virtualization: Preparing the Datacenter for Next-Generation Applications

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    Rapid adoption of virtualization technology in the x86 server market is bringing a wider array of applications into the virtualized IT infrastructure. Driving this adoption is the need to fully utilize computers, manage those resources more efficiently, and reduce the number of server "footprints" in the datacenter. All of this brings business benefits, such as reduced power/cooling requirements, reduced IT staff requirements, and greater IT flexibility. Computing tasks can be provisioned to available resources, as needed — and resources can be put to other uses, as business requirements change over time.