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14 CHAPTER 2 Understanding Microsoft virtualization strategies Note Virtualization should move IT from a cost center to a business enabler and provider of significant business value. Microsoft's stated goals are not hype, considering the array of products available from the software maker. Based on Gartner's Infrastructure Maturity Model, MIT's Architecture Security Model, industry best practices, and its experience with customers, Microsoft has developed a collection of virtualization products that support an incremental IT matu- rity model. The intent is to move IT beyond a cost center to a provider of significant business value. In this chapter, we describe each of the products in Microsoft's virtualization toolkit and how each fits into the company's overall dynamic datacenter and desktop strategy. In the following chapters, we demonstrate how to implement them while avoiding common pitfalls. MICROSOFT'S IT MATURITY MODEL Microsoft's maturity model consists of four levels: Basic, Standardized,