Virtualization leaps to apps, mobile devices and databases

How the technology is making the jump from the server realm into the application, mobile and database worlds.

Here, there and -- yes -- everywhere, virtualization is headed toward ubiquity.

"We're almost to the point where we don't even have to say virtualization or describe architectures as using virtualization, because it's becoming an implied part of technology," says Chris Wolf, a Gartner Inc. analyst.

Indeed, virtualization already is well on its way to dominating the server realm and is edging onto the desktop. In no time at all, virtualization's reach will expand across the application landscape, hit the mobile arena and land in the data tier. Here's a closer look at its journey across the IT infrastructure.

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