Over 60% of companies rate consolidation as main objective for Virtualisation

London, UK, 1st October 2008 - Recent research carried out by Storage Expo on 362 companies found that the main objective for implementing virtualisation was sever consolidation ( 62%) closely followed by new management capabilities (30%). A small percent (6%) rated availability as an objective while only 2% had no plans to implement virtualisation.

According to Natalie Booth, Event Manager for Storage Expo 2008, “Virtualisation has seen dramatic adoption by companies in recent years and the qualitative benefits of flexibility, recoverability and assurance are well known. Virtualised server infrastructure is a powerful approach to lower costs, improve manageability, and dramatically increase utilisation.”

John Abbott, Chief Analyst, The 451 Group sums up Virtualisation as “proving to be a catalyst for introducing or revitalizing related technologies. It is easier to move virtual resources around a datacentre (or multiple datacentres) in response to demand, to deploy new resources more rapidly, and to redeploy them once they are no longer required. And it is also easier than in the past to integrate surrounding tools (such as monitoring, billing and chargeback) with virtualised resources.”

John Abbott will chair a keynote programme on ‘Improving Asset Utilisation with Virtualisation’ at Storage Expo 2008 on the 15th of October at 2:15pm. The programme explores the benefits of separating the physical configuration from application and how virtualisation can deliver benefits to a company across all electronic assets in the global network. Key challenges addressed in this session include virtualisation for servers and other electronic assets, understanding financial implications of implementing virtualisation and optimising current assets”.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Zafar Chaudry, Director of Information Management and Technology, Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation trust
  • Richard Gough, IT Operations Manager, The Wellcome Trust
  • Jon Hutchings , Senior Systems Engineer , Network Systems Management Services, Oxford University
  • Steven Shaw, ICT Manager, British Horseracing Authority
With two days of stimulating and thought provoking seminars that reflect the needs of today’s data storage professionals and information management experts, Storage Expo 2008 gives you the chance to improve and update your storage and information management strategies

Sessions that focus on Virtualisation include:
  • Virtualisation, Consolidation and Application-Aware Storage - The New Mandates for Datacentre Efficiency by Adrian Groeneveld, Director of Product Marketing EMEA, Pillar Data Systems
  • Storage Virtualisation, does it meet today's business needs by Simon Brassington, Enterprise Product Manager, HP
  • Virtualising the SMB; Disaster Recovery That Does not Break the Bank by Ed Harnish, Vice President of Marketing, Acronis UK
  • Virtual Machine Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery by Luke Reed, Consulting Systems Engineer, NetApp
  • How to help you reduce spend by 50% on Storage for Virtualised Servers by Rich Fenton, Consulting Systems Engineer, NetApp
For more information on all seminar sessions visit Storage Expo (www.storage-expo.com) ,the UK’s only dedicated data storage event, which provides visitors with the opportunity to compare the most comprehensive range of data storage solutions from all leading suppliers whilst addressing today’s key issues.

Now in its 8th year, the show features a comprehensive FREE education programme, and over 100 exhibitors at the Olympia, London from 15-16 October 2008. Register free to visit at www.storage-expo.com

Source: StoragePR