Infrastructure virtualization was orginally centered around utilizing software and preexisting hardware to emulate other software or hardware. When VMware (comdivision's strongest partner in this field) started off it's approach of full server virtualization, it was first seen as a niche market - which today more and more vendors try to step into. Many companies have a "virtualization first" policy in place, which makes use of physical hardware for server infrastructure the exception. Besides the possibility to virtualize classical physical servers, more and more companies explore the possibility to use the same approach for destkop virtualization as well.
If you haven't already, you can massivly improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualization. Start by eliminating the old “one server, one application” model and run multiple virtual machines on each physical machine. Free your IT admins from spending so much time rather managing servers than innovating. About 70% of a typical IT budget in a non-virtualized datacenter goes towards just maintaining the existing infrastructure, with little left for innovation.
An automated datacenter built on the production-proven VMware virtualization platform lets you respond to market dynamics faster and more efficiently than ever before. VMware vSphere delivers resources, applications—even servers—when and where they’re needed. VMware customers typically save 50-70% on overall IT costs by consolidating their resource pools and delivering highly available machines with VMware vSphere