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3.5. Summary of Benefits

The following is a summary of the benefits that can be achieved through virtualization of a datacenter.

Reduced risk—Reduces educes datacenter risk by incorporating superior virtualization capabilities in performance, management, security, and automation

Server consolidation—Reduces the number of physical servers and associated costs

Server containment—Prevents server sprawl

Legacy applications—Allows older software applications and operating systems to run on the latest hardware platforms

Server uptime—Eliminate server failure as an operational concern

Simplified disaster recovery—Encapsulates an operating system, its applications, and its state within a small set of files, eases recovery, and eliminates typical plug 'n' play issues

Standardized hardware for operating system stability—Abstracts the underlying hardware from the virtual machine, reducing risk and easing underlying hardware changes

Production stability—Simplifies capacity planning and quickens response to the needs of the business through standardized hardware and encapsulation, defined roles and responsibilities, and a robust management interface with resource trending information

Ease of use—Enhances management and security capabilities

Desktop management—Uses VMware View to ease desktop management, upgrades, and access


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