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Virtualization Improves Productivity of Data Center Staff
One of the least recognized factors of server virtualization ROI is the positive impact that virtualization has on the productivity of data center personnel. In this article, we provide statistics showing that the productivity of data center staff improved significantly from 2006 and 2007, concurrent with an increase in OS virtualization levels. These trends are consistent across Windows, Unix, and Linux platforms. We conclude by summarizing the reasons that data center staff productivity benefits from increasing the level of virtualization. (4 pp., 4 figs.)[Executive Summary]
Server Virtualization Rates Overall Are Still Low
Server virtualization has major benefits: savings in hardware costs, reduction in floor space requirements, lower power and cooling requirements, and savings in administrative time associated with deployment of physical servers. However, in spite of these promised benefits, overall virtualization rates are still low in practice.