While there are a whole array of well-documented benefits to be found in virtualization, there is one truth to virtualization that has not escaped the experienced IT veteran. Virtualization sprawl is not just bad for operations, it is bad for disaster recovery planning. Not only are there a ton more systems to worry about in a world where a new system can be brought online and be fully functional in hours, there is a dedicated amount of disk packed behind that virtual machine that must be maintained also. And when the worst happens must be restored.

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