Now that companies have mastered the virtualization of server operations, vendors are increasingly selling the idea of virtualizing the entire data center. The idea of enabling the dynamic management of servers, storage and network devices through a single "fabric" places new virtualization offerings firmly in the realm of becoming a data center platform. That platform may spawn a new IT position for a person who would supervise the management of the virtual layer of server, network and storage infrastructures.
Virtualization may be becoming something so ubiquitous and essential to operations that it has become a new form of operating system for the data center. The idea began percolating most recently in September during VMware Inc.'s VMworld 2007. During a speech, Patrick Gelsinger, Intel Corp.'s senior vice president and general manager, said "Virtualization disaggregates the traditional view of the operating system and creates the opportunity for us to create a data center operating system of tomorrow."
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