Every new legal IT project seems to require new data server hardware. Of course, things can get a little messy as more servers are added to meet demand. Many firms face serious usage issues, and spend too much money on wasted server space. As a result, firms can suffer due to associated hardware support issues, increased security vulnerabilities, unnecessary office space consumed and higher data center operating overhead, including increased electrical bills for powering and cooling these large server environments.

With increasingly complex legal IT systems — and also fueled by a desire to reduce their “carbon footprint” — many firms are adopting virtualization.