The value of server virtualization is undeniable. Insurance organizations can consolidate hardware, remove expensive legacy systems, reduce power consumption, cooling needs and footprint, while at the same time provide better service to their business partners. It also helps meet an increased demand for servers, eliminate unplanned downtime and respond to raised expectations in the business. But there is a price: A higher risk of server sprawl. Pretty much every data center manager has experienced server sprawl at some time even in a well-controlled "physical" environment. If you add the ability to deploy a new server at the click of a mouse, the environment becomes riskier.

Traditional data center management tools do not work well in the virtual space. When you have 15 copies of the exact same server, it can be difficult for traditional systems to keep track. The management tools provided by the virtualization platform show what is in the environment, but not where it came from, how it has moved or any real historical information about the trends in the environment.

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