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CIO weblog: The Virtual Future

The article posits a future in which all our needs are met virtually, a bit like the 1950's vision of a flying car that could whisk Dad to work downtown in the morning, allow Mom to make a quick trip for groceries in the evening, and fly the whole family up-state for the weekend getaway. Given the power of today's hardware and the relative inefficiency of traditional operating system design and utilization, this paints a fairly attractive prospect for many CIOs and responsible corporate officers. Virtualizing a number of specialized server systems on a single piece of hardware presents, as we all know by now, considerable cost savings. But until recently, you were still losing performance in most virtualized environments due to the need to run a base OS with the virtualization software atop it-a sort of silver thread tying the virtualized utopia back to the dark and dreary real world.


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