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Hosted services businesses have unique IT infrastructure requirements --
managing hundreds -- if not thousands -- of different customer
environments. They need to cost-effectively deliver increasingly high
service levels in a utility computing model. To be successful they must:
-- Share computing infrastructure across multiple customers while
delivering all the security, isolation and performance of a dedicated
-- Expand and differentiate service offerings while meeting stringent
service level requirements.
-- Address problems associated with under-utilized capacity or under-
sized hardware and manage hardware outages.
-- Simplify system management and reduce high operational costs caused by
a complex data center infrastructure.