Small to medium-sized companies that implement server virtualization tend to take an "all or nothing" approach to the technology, a new Impact Research report from Info-Tech Research Group says. Although smaller companies are less likely to gamble on new technologies like virtualization, those that do often reap greater business benefits than their larger enterprise counterparts because they are more decisive about the implementation. "Small to medium-sized companies often have a more relaxed approval process and higher tolerance for risk. As a result, they take an all or nothing approach to adopting new technologies, implementing them broadly across the organization. Large enterprises experience more difficulty implementing new technologies such as virtualization," said Matt Brudzynski, senior research analyst at Info-Tech Research Group.

Virtualization is a technique that "fools" servers into thinking they are unique devices when in fact they become a shared resource thereby decreasing the number of physical machines required in the data center. Info-Tech's Impact Research report, "The Business Case in Virtualization," also finds that the companies that have taken an all or nothing policy when implementing virtualization have seen a greater return on their investment resulting primarily from hardware savings.

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