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VMware Online Event 2013 – Happening Now

VMware’s Online Forum 2013 is starting now.  Jump on and learn more about virtualization, automation and management tools.  There are live breakout sessions happening that will let you take a deep dive into various technologies and offering as well as opportunities to meet new folks from around the world.

I’m going to be looking for more information on VMware’s optimization and automation capabilities as those areas are playing a big part for many CIO’s and IT Pro’s I speak with.

Join me in the forum now.  It’s happening now.  Its virtual and best of all its free..

Details about the event:

Unleash the Power of Virtualization to Simplify IT

Online VMware Forum 2013 is a free online event where you will learn how to radically simplify your IT infrastructure across the entire data center to the virtual workspace. Hear VMware and industry experts discuss new products and services that extend the benefits of virtualization, combine virtualization with best-in-class automation and management, and empower end users with workplace mobility and freedom.

Join us online and learn how you can more efficiently and reliably deliver IT services that are accessible from any device—anytime, anywhere.

The only virtual event dedicated to showing you how to harness virtualization to simplify IT, the Online Forum agenda includes:

  • Chat and make connections with VMware experts and your IT peers
  • Learn about the software-defined data center and NEW VMware offerings
  • Attend live breakout sessions, technical deep dives and discussions
  • Navigate in a 3D virtual environment with interactive booths staffed by VMware industry-leading partners

Attend this event hear about products and solutions that:

  • Extend the benefits of virtualization across the software-defined data center– including compute, security, storage, availability, and networking—establishing the most efficient, reliable and agile architecture for cloud computing
  • Combine virtualization with best-in-class automation and management capabilities to optimize capacity, improve utilization, and drive cost savings
  • Empower end users with workplace mobility and freedom to choose their devices, while maintaining IT control

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Virtualization as a means to do more with less?

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8631400465_54f712554c_mLast weekend, I spent some time talking with an old friend. He’s the CIO of a small business in the Southwest US.   Over the last few years, he’s been having a lot of trouble keeping things running with a operations budget that is half what it was 5 years ago while supporting an organization that is twice the size of 5 years ago. While his operations budget has been slashed, his personnel budget has remained steady, which has allowed him to keep a good staff but his training and travel budgets are non-existent.

Like every other organization over the last few years, he and his team were asked to ‘do more with less’.   After a few months of fighting against the ‘more with less’ mantra, the CIO decided to see just exactly how much more he could do with less.

He took a look at his data center and started looking for ways to save on operational costs while increasing capacity and capability. He finally hit on the fact that he could take a good number of the server he had running 24/7 and replace them with virtualized versions.  After some analysis, he realized at that around 55% of his servers were under-utilized and could easily be virtualized.  The remaining 45% of the servers were well-utilized but most of the operations on these servers where not heavy duty activities that required dedicated hardware.

A proper cost analysis was performed comparing a 2 year cycle of running the existing data center with the current servers and a new mostly virtualized data center. The virtualized data center won out in operating costs and licensing costs.

The decision was made to purchase new servers and VMware Sphere to begin the migration to a virtualized data center.  The migration occurred over a six month period using with each server being migrated to VMware and then decommissioned after a testing period.

After another six months (a full year of running virtualization), the CIO and IT leadership took a look at their costs and saw that they actually did realize significant cost savings due to the move. Not only where operational and licensing costs down, but personnel costs to cover maintenance were down compared to previous years.

While virtualization isn’t the answer to everything, it can be an answer to the ‘do more with less’ mantra…and it worked for this CIO and his team. They’ve been quite happy with their new data center and have plans to look at more ways to virtualize their organization in the future.

Speaking of VMware and virtualization, you can now register for the VMware Online Forum 2013 event happening April 23 2013.

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Virtualization and the Small Business

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8219449629_f415c49568_mDoes virtualization have a role the world of small business?

Virtualization can bring a lot of value to organizations. That said, the organization has to be large enough to be able to use that value….or do they?

Can a small business take advantage of virtualization today? Sure they can…they just need to understand what virtualization can do for them.

For starters, small businesses are already using virtualization but most don’t know it.  Their website is most likely powered via a virtualized server sitting in a data center somewhere.  Their phone systems, if they use VOIP, might even be powered via a virtualized server somewhere.

That said, virtualization really doesn’t enter the lexicon of most small business owners and managers. There’s really no need…until there is. I’ve worked with businesses large and small.   I’ve offered virtualization options for many organizations regardless of size, but I’ve found the most difficult ‘sell’ for virtualization is the small business owner. They can’t quite grasp the need to get ‘fancy’ with virtualization…but once I’m able to show them the benefits, they immediately grasp how important the idea can be.

Virtualization can bring flexibility to any organization, but for the small business, it can mean significant cost savings.  Rather than buy a full server and take on the costs of maintaining that hardware, a small business can go out to the ‘cloud’ to pick up that same level of computing power. This virtual computing can usually be picked up for a significant cost savings when compared to a full server.

The key for for a small business’s use of virtualization is for them to understand what virtualization is and what it can do for them.  There are good resources on the web for learning more about virtualization but many of the sites that I run across regularly aren’t always targeted at small business owners – most are targeted at IT professionals.

VMware is putting on an online forum on April 23 2013 from 8AM to 1PM Pacific that could help introduce the concepts of virtualization. While not directed specifically at small business owners, there’s a wide range of topics available – and its free. You can signup for the event here.

A description of what you can expect at the event:

  • Extend the benefits of virtualization across the software-defined data center– including compute, security, storage, availability, and networking—establishing the most efficient,reliable and agile architecture for cloud computing
  • Combine virtualization with best-in-class automation and management capabilities to optimize capacity, improve utilization, and drive cost savings
  • Empower end users with workplace mobility and freedom to choose their devices, while maintaining IT control

Image credit: Cloud vs Virtualization By Tsahi Levent-Levi

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VMware Online Forum 2013 – Virtualization meets the Virtual World

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One of the best parts about working in the technology field is having the ability to attend conferences where you can meet new people and learn about new technologies and products.

Over the past few years, the budget for conferences has been reduced and even slashed completely at many organizations.  Part of this budgetary cutback has been due to economic issues but some of it can be attributed to the fact that attending a conference takes time away from actually delivering services/products to the organization.

I can remember spending weeks at a time on the road attending conferences. I’d spend my days learning and meeting/greeting on the conference floor and in meeting rooms and evenings catching up on work. It was brutal for sure…but for the most part, I enjoyed it.

Budgetary cuts at vendors have also forced a pullback. While many vendors still attend conferences, a good number have been looking for other methods of reaching clients and potential clients.  Some vendors, like VMware have used both in-person conferences as well as ‘virtual’ conferences to reach their audience.

I’ve attended a few of these online events in the past and they do a good job providing learning and networking opportunities without you having to leave your office.  Sure…you’ve still got to put time into the even to get the most from it, but you aren’t traveling and living out of hotels  and airports.

There’s a good event coming up for anyone interested in learning more about Virtualization. VMware is putting on an online event in April. Its free to attend which makes it even better for those of us in budget conscious environments.

The description of the event:

Online VMware Forum 2013 is a free online event where you will learn how to radically simplify your IT infrastructure across the entire data center to the virtual workspace. Hear VMware and industry experts discuss new products and services that extend the benefits of virtualization, combine virtualization with best-in-class automation and management, and empower end users with workplace mobility and freedom.

Join us online and learn how you can more efficiently and reliably deliver IT services that are accessible from any device—anytime, anywhere.

You can signup for the event here.

Topics covered in the forum will be:

  • Extend the benefits of virtualization across the software-defined data center– including compute, security, storage, availability, and networking—establishing the most efficient, reliable and agile architecture for cloud computing
  • Combine virtualization with best-in-class automation and management capabilities to optimize capacity, improve utilization, and drive cost savings
  • Empower end users with workplace mobility and freedom to choose their devices, while maintaining IT control

I’ve signed up and will be attending…how about you?

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