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An agile server infrastructure is becoming a key business differentiator as small enterprises move towards Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Even without this driving force, the implementation of a utility infrastructure creates a more flexible and cost effective server and storage infrastructure. Small enterprises can, in most cases, create a utility infrastructure without replacing existing server room hardware.

This note discusses the technology and reasoning behind a utility infrastructure, including:

  • The definition of a utility infrastructure.
  • Components of the infrastructure.
  • Advantages gained from migrating to a utility infrastructure.

The creation of an agile server room, using utility infrastructure, requires an understanding of enterprise business goals as well as technology solutions.

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