I am right now listening to a talk on virtualization and the 'plug and play datacenter'. Virtualization allows things like multi-core processing, load balancing, distributed computing, and more. It basically makes the operating system independent of the underlying hardware. Virtualization also allows universities and institutions to seamlessly outsource computing infrastructure - moving a 'computer' is as easy as moving a data file. "This is a much bigger deal than it may sound," he writes, "as this is also the institutional IT response to the PLE challenge." As VMWare's Scott Davis said here today, "It (virtualization) gives you the experience of a personalized operating system, because it's your VM, you can customize it as you want, but with the centralized control of an IT department."
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