In the virtual era, IT managers are evolving their IT infrastructures to create greater business value for their organizations. Standardized server architectures and server virtualization are key enabling technologies that dramatically reduce capital expenditures. In fact, in 2012, about half of new applications being deployed are virtualized workloads, signaling a new milestone in the transformation of the data center to a fully virtualized infrastructure. As these technologies become pervasive, more stringent requirements emerge for high availability, data protection, and disaster recovery, particularly in support of increasingly mission-critical workloads. Moreover, as IT managers reduce capital expenditures, new requirements emerge for simpler processes and greater automation to achieve further gains in productivity, operating expenses, and ultimately, greater business agility.