Where I work in the specific area I work I need to be clear. We are considered very critical to my companies business. One of the things we do to help us maintain up time is if we have a piece of hardware or software we need to run in production. We have the exact like in Development. We even did this with our VM infrastructure. Before starting we got three small 20 core systems with 128 gig of ram each and a 12 TB dell storage setup to test on. Once it was decided we bought 3 hosts (going with 5 per VM cluster in Prod) of 38 core 512GB systems connected to a independent VNX5400 (each cluster using it's own hardware for redundancy's sake.) I'm getting the impression I'm rather lucky we have a group that does this for our servers and infrastructure and most places are not allowed the freedom/budget to do this sort of thing. Or am I way off base here?