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The Role of Virtualization in the Era of Containers and Cloud

Discover how virtualization is finding new and different roles under modern infrastructure.

Few technologies have seen a ramp-up in enterprise IT like virtualization. It is firmly entrenched in nearly every datacenter infrastructure today, and it is an ubiquitous part of the software stack. IDC predicts that virtualization will play a key role in the datacenter for years to come.1

As virtualization continues to evolve, it still supports legacy workloads, but it is also filling new roles for cloud and modern applications. Increasingly, virtualization is supporting private and public clouds and new computer models, such as containers, while still maintaining its massive traditional infrastructure base.

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  • 1 Chen, Gary. IDC, "The Role of Virtualization in the Era of Containers and Cloud." December, 2018.