November 2011 – Prepared by Zeus Kerravala

Consumerization, mobility and device evolution have all contributed to IT transformation. However, no technology has been a bigger disruptive force than virtualization. Virtualization has reached a tipping point where there are more virtual workloads than physical ones. It is the norm, not the exception. Over the past decade, virtualization has had the following impact:

  • Virtualization has changed the way applications are designed, deployed and licensed. Applications are no longer deployed on dedicated hardware. Application developers must consider resource use and performance.
  • Processors and servers have become virtualization-optimized. Virtualization puts new demands on the physical hardware it runs on, changing the way the leading server manufacturers build the hardware.

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