Benefits of Virtualization

It should be apparent from the previous few pages that virtualization offers companies a new level of flexibility in server deployment and management not possible using only physical hardware. This section summaries some of the benefits that organizations can realize from hardware virtualization:

Fewer Physical Servers—By virtualizing servers, an organization requires fewer physical servers. Because modern physical servers support multiple physical processors (with, in some cases, up to 12 cores or more per processor), and up to 384GB or more of RAM, companies can increase their consolidation ratios (ratio of virtual servers to physical servers) by placing more and more virtual machines on the same physical hardware. ...

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