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a. the urban area formed by the expansion of a town or city into surrounding countryside
b. the process by which this has happened

urban sprawl

An unplanned development of open land, usually on the outskirts of a city.

server sprawl

An ever-growing number of servers in a datacenter without a coordinated plan. Server sprawl implies underutilized computer systems, the solution to which may be to turn them into virtualized servers. See server virtualization and virtualization sprawl.

software sprawl

An ever-growing number of licenses for software in a company that either overlap or are underused. For example, when divisions and departments purchase their own applications in a large company, software sprawl is common. See sprawl.

virtualization sprawl

An ever-growing number of virtual machines (VMs) on a server that lowers its efficiency. Machine underutilization is one of the reasons for virtualizing servers in the first place; however, instances of virtual machines can be dynamically allocated to servers, and if too many VMs are added without proper management, they can overwhelm the hardware and decrease efficiency. In addition, too many VMs can also swamp the network. See server sprawl and virtual machine.
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As it has some benefits like creating local economic growth, urban sprawl has many negative consequences like traffic jams, air and water pollution, reduction in the farmlands and green areas, increase in concrete structures, wastage of rainwater, increased car dependency and extinction of many species of birds and animals.
Washington D.C [USA], July 5 ( ANI ): Turns out, there is a correlation between urban sprawl and a decreased life expectancy.
In particular, many SQL Server users have become accustomed to dealing with what's not-so-affectionately termed "SQL Server sprawl." It's a lot like it sounds--a sprawling environment that results in the enterprise on the heels of explosive and uncoordinated growth of SQL Servers.
Uncontrolled urbanization allows for urban sprawl in general and leads to serious problems in both short- and long-term infrastructure planning (Sudhira et al.
The objective of this study was to interpret the geographical setting of urban land use, to evaluate various types of urban land use and to understand the patterns of urban sprawl in Gujranwala city.
sprawl that had run unchecked as IT constantly deployed new servers to
Atlanta Unbound: Enabling Sprawl Through Policy and Planning
Uncontrolled population growth causes uncontrolled urban sprawl, which leads to serious problems such as food insufficiency, illegal settlements, environmental pollution, environmental deterioration, occupation of fertile farming lands, forest destruction, reduction of surface water bodies, and permanent changes in land cover (Al-sharif et al., 2013a; Benfield et al., 1999; Grimm et al., 2000; Hedblom and Soderstrom, 2008; Maktav et al., 2005; Pathan et al., 1991; Weng et al., 2007).
Suburban sprawl has been blamed for destroying farmland, causing obesity and increasing traffic congestion.
Sprawl versus compact development --it's a complicated dichotomy, and a crucial argument in the study of sustainable urban development.
During the recent years urban sprawl has drawn the attention of urban planners and thinkers as an urban growth trend that should be controlled.