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As with any disruptive technology like big data (Hadoop, Cassandra, etc.), we have begun to see customers adopting their third, fourth, and even fifth iterations of these key solutions. This maturation brings enterprise-grade requirements to secure, optimize, and make more efficient. One of the ways that many enterprises are accomplishing this is through the use of virtualization technologies. While organizations have been using virtualized big data in the cloud for years, customers that have requirements that demand an on-premise solution have been utilizing bare metal. Bare metal often offers higher levels of performance, the ability to control quality-of-service (QoS), and the ability to adhere to Service Level Agreements (SLAs). With today’s modern virtualization practices and technologies we see these advantages eroding to a degree and the enhanced flexibility that a virtualized platform offers can now help deliver a competitive edge.