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align=left>The cutting edge of virtualization technology may have set its
sights on virtual PCs, unified network fabrics and other esoteric applications,
but server consolidation remains the primary driver for most data centers. In
fact, only a handful of enterprises have begun the process of virtualizing their
server farms, according to most recent surveys, although the pace is likely to
pick up as energy costs and competitive pressures drive organizations to
increase performance even while paring down their hardware infrastructures. But
as those who have already taken the virtual plunge have no doubt realized,
consolidating servers is not just a matter of powering up the virtualization
layer and then pulling equipment out of racks. There is a long list of factors
to consider with any centralization project and a wide range of land mines that
need to be avoided to prevent service failures. One of the main concerns is the
resiliency of remaining hardware.

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