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The one sure constant in the application deployment space is change. Over the last decade, many software OEMs have gone from shipping only packaged software to offering turnkey physical appliances, and more recently to providing packaged virtual appliances. The evolution from packaged software to appliance deployments, both physical and virtual, gives end users and IT departments a more streamlined approach to deploying and managing specific services in their environments, leading to better customer experiences and reduced support costs. So what changes when virtual appliances move to the cloud? More and more, customers are looking to move services into the cloud to reduce their physical infrastructure and cost. Several things change, however, when customers no longer control the physical hardware on which their critical services run. Moving virtual appliances into... (more)

The Benefits of Virtualization

Those familiar with deploying virtual machines (VMs) know that in order to ensure performance, VMs must be tied to physical platforms. As the demand for data-intensive virtualized and cloud solutions continues to increase, more powerful server platforms will be required to deliver this performance without significantly multiplying hardware infrastructure for every VM. The new Intel Sandy Bridge series (Intel's Xeon E5-2600 processor family) is ideally suited for enabling more powerful and efficient virtualized solutions for high-throughput, processing-intensive communications appl... (more)