Introduced in the early 2000s, virtualization technology for x86 servers was initially used for software development and testing. By the end of 2005 virtualization was finding its way into production environments. Today, VMware, the leader in virtualization, categorizes this technology adoption as a three stage journey defined by an organization’s business goals and deployment strategies: IT production, business production, and IT as a Service (ITaaS). Each of these stages is further characterized by a primary business focus.

As IT organizations take this journey to move beyond simple server consolidation to virtualize Tier-1 applications and include cloud infrastructure designs in their IT strategies, the need for complete, bulletproof availability increases dramatically.

When VMware vSphere 5 virtualization is combined with fault-tolerant Stratus ftServer systems, you benefit from a strategic relationship focused on enabling critical applications. You can deploy virtualization in uptime-demanding environments with even more confidence.