SOA and Virtualization: How Do They Fit Together?

Industry discussion on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and virtualization positions them as separate, though related, topics today. Because of the wealth of public discussion on each technology, IT managers may wonder whether they are in any sense connected to each other. In fact, the technologies that come with virtualization can be seen as the key enablers for the flexibility promised by SOA. This paper establishes the technical links between these two popular developments in enterprise computing.