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In short, a virtual data center is cloud-based IT infrastructure solution that provides cost-savings and the ability to scale. It combines server and network virtualization and allows multiple virtual machines to run on a single physical machine. This unified framework offers IT as a Service to users and applications on premises, in a cloud or hybrid environment.

A VDC reduces the amount of time IT teams are spending maintaining physical hardware, freeing them to concentrate on more productive tasks, such as the deployment and management of business applications. It also reduces operational costs by removing the need for expensive hardware procurement and management. It also reduces energy costs and power consumption by ensuring servers run more efficiently and cooler.

With a VDC, IT administrators can easily add new capacity to meet rapid increases in bandwidth or other IT resource demands. This is especially beneficial for businesses that experience seasonal business activity fluctuations because it allows IT teams to allocate additional resources quickly and economically without incurring the cost of purchasing or installing new hardware.

Additionally using a VDC, IT administrators can centrally manage and control their entire IT infrastructure using one, simple management tool. This helps reduce operational costs and enables IT to achieve a greater efficiency and productivity that can translate into real-world business value including reduced costs, improved productivity and security.