Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/21/server_virtualisation_for_real/

Server Virtualisation for real

11am today...set monitors to live

By Phil Mitchell

Posted in Virtualisation Lab, 21st January 2010 08:02 GMT

Webcast At 11am GMT today we’ve got some experts in our studio running through a real-life server virtualisation project.

You can watch them right here.

The plan for the one-hour event is to explore how a Virtualisation project can massively enhance your business, cut costs and generally make you something of a superhero in your organisation.

Reg host Tim Phillips is fronting the gig, joined by Reg reader Phil Morris from Chester Zoo who’s recently completed a major server virtualisation project. Chester Zoo doesn’t fit the image of ‘big corporate IT’ we might have when thinking about the sorts of organisations which are trialling and taking advantage of virtualisation technology. So we hope it’s going to be an interesting webcast for lots of you that are currently toying with the idea of server virtualisation.

Phil, with a little help from some analysts and an expert from Microsoft, will tell you how they did it - the planning, the implementation and the subsequent benefits they’ve gained.

The panel will also drill down into business and technology-related topics such as:

• Engaging with business: What does the IT-business relationship need to look like to take advantage of virtualisation, and is it a feasible proposition in smaller business environments where formal structure and resource are often more scarce?

• Managing the risks of provisioning: Long provisioning cycles are a challenge when it comes to wanting to do business better/faster. Areas such as change control and asset management for example become even more important to gain control over when virtualisation is in the mix.

• The role of automation: Although automation is not a new topic in IT, ‘automation in the virtual world’ is a slightly different proposition: there are fewer boundaries. The notion of moving from ‘1000 static servers’, to ‘a million virtual ones’ brings a requirement for new levels of automation and control than many organisations are familiar with today.

This isn’t a one-way broadcast - we’ll be taking questions from all of you that attend, so come prepared to get solutions to any of your outstanding challenges.

Remember also, if you can’t make it today you can register now and we’ll drop you a line as soon as this event is available ‘On Demand’ to watch at your leisure. ®