Virtualization has been getting a significant amount of coverage in the IT press. Open almost any IT trade publication in the last six months and there are numerous articles about virtualization. It brings to mind the movie “Multiplicity,” or the scientists that are currently involved in “cloning.” So what is the entire buzz about? And what does it mean to us, the legal community?

The fact of the matter is virtualization is a 20-year-old technology/concept whose roots came from mainframe systems that has moved into x86 (PC, server) platforms. Wikipedia describes the concept of virtualizing servers as “a method of partitioning a physical server computer into multiple servers such that each has the appearance and capabilities of running on its own dedicated machine.”

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