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Getting the most out of Virtualization

Analyst firm IDC said VMware holds 85% of the virtualisation market, and has set the bar in terms of the potential for controlling the ever-increasing hardware cost, consumption and requirements necessary to satisfy more sophisticated and demanding application needs.

VMware was also the first supplier to remove the need for processor or operating system changes when carrying out virtualisation techniques on PC-based standard components.

The VMware ESX hypervisor-based version of its server virtualisation product released in 2001 offered IT organisations the opportunity to consolidate a number of physical servers into virtual machines running on a single physical instance, which is still available in the current VMware Infrastructure 3 Enterprise suite.

Since then, it has developed a vision it says will see hardware, software and operating system requirements managed through an entirely virtualised IT management infrastructure.

The growing commoditisation of the x86 server market is offering IT departments the opportunity to move beyond using virtual machines in just a development and testing role, to providing business critical application and back-up resources.

In August, VMware's initial public offering (IPO) doubled its share price on its first day of trading, potentially raising more than £447m in capital. So, for those who think virtualisation is only about server consolidation, perhaps they should think again.


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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
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we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
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