Describing Virtualization

Over the last fifty years, certain key trends created fundamental changes in how computing services are provided. Mainframe processing drove the sixties and seventies. Personal computers, the digitization of the physical desktop, and client/server technology headlined the eighties and nineties. The Internet, boom and bubble, spanned the last and current centuries and continues today. We are, though, in the midst of another of those model-changing trends: virtualization.

Virtualization is a disruptive technology, shattering the status quo of how physical computers are handled, services are delivered, and budgets are allocated. To understand why virtualization has had such a profound effect on today’s computing environment, ...

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