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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
environment.
-- 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.


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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
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I'm slipping down
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this far, this close
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to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
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Soon awaiting the fall
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