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Getting Business Done With Virtualization

Using existing or new hardware, shifting compute resources where they are needed, virtualized server capacity can be far less expensive than buying and operating new hardware in anticipation of future demand. Memory, storage and processor capacity can be configured to squeeze more from your existing IT investment and, if needed, virtual machine configurations can be cloned and deployed quickly and secure using Hyper-V Manager and System Center to rapidly expand the resources available for a popular service. 

Deciding whether virtualization or a cloud scenario is more appropriate to your needs requires answers to many questions. When and where will your usage demand happen, within your organization or from remote users and external customers? Is there a predictable demand timeframe for some or all of your services? How will back-ups and regulatory compliance be enforced, and where must your data reside to be secure while complying with local law? 

The collection of guides to how to accomplish business goals with virtualization technology below focuses on server and services virtualization, which IT managers can use to direct their limited resources to the most efficient activities, even making changes dynamically to utilize resources as demands change during a business day or week — for example, a busy Web server during the week that lays largely unused over the weekend could be repurposed on Friday evening for large database processing jobs and returned to serving Web requests late on Sunday.