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Choosing the Right VMware vSphere Edition to Get the Most Out of Virtualization

Attend this webcast to learn how VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™ combines our industry-leading virtualization platform with key performance monitoring and capacity optimization capabilities to help companies achieve their top business and IT priorities with the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). Join us and learn how you can use vSphere with Operations Management to:

• Optimize hardware savings, consolidation ratios and capacity utilization
• Improve performance and availability
• Reduce diagnostics and problem resolution times
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