The widespread deployment of virtualized servers is laying a strong foundation for the adoption of cloud computing, a report from International Data Corp. (IDC) has found.

In its latest quarterly server-virtualization tracker survey, IDC found that 19.4 percent of all new servers shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010 were virtualized. That compared to 18.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, but IDC noted that 28 percent more servers shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010 on surging demand.

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