Aggregation is the New Virtualization

Virtualization has been a key driver behind every major trend in software, from search to social networks to SaaS, over the past decade. In fact, most of the applications we use — and cloud computing as we know it today — would not have been possible without the server utilization and cost savings that resulted from virtualization.

But now, new cloud architectures are reimagining the entire data center. Virtualization as we know it can no longer keep up.

As data centers transform, the core insight behind virtualization — that of carving up a large, expensive server into several virtual machines — is being turned on its head. Instead of divvying the resources of individual servers, large numbers of servers areaggregated into a single warehouse-scale (though still virtual!) “computer” to run highly distributed applications.

Every IT organization and developer will be affected by these changes, especially as scaling demands increase and applications get more complex every day. How can companies that have already invested in the current paradigm of virtualization understand the shift? What’s driving it? And what happens next? MORE

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