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Make Way for the Software-Defined Data Center

The messaging in VMware's announcement of its planned acquisition of Nicira offers insight into both the company's view of the deal and the current state of cloud computing. In essence, without virtualization, cloud computing is an amorphous pipe dream. However, virtualization alone -- or of one type or in just one portion of the IT infrastructure -- isn't enough to support truly agile, elastic, efficient and reliable compute clouds.


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