Moving beyond consolidation

The steps towards a private cloud

Virtualisation is now a central pillar of data centre plans and activities, with many companies having deployed virtualisation in order to consolidate all or part of their x86 server infrastructure.

This is often portrayed as the first step on a journey, where initial consolidation activities to reduce server numbers ultimately leads to a flexible pool of computing, network and storage resources. These can further be continuously monitored, managed and automated, to provide an optimised and dynamic IT infrastructure.

Dynamic IT requires a step change in IT strategy, investment and management, which impacts both IT and the business. For IT departments that are under pressure from the business to have more responsive and flexible IT service provisioning, what benefits can adopting dynamic IT wholesale bring, and what are the challenges and pitfalls to look out for along the way?

We’re talking about this and how it takes us to the heart of what’s increasingly being called the Private Cloud - virtualisation and dynamic infrastructure.

The Register’s own Tim Phillips hosts the event and he’s joined by Andrew Buss from Freeform Dynamics and Lucas Searle from Microsoft.

The three of them take a road through the following topics and, whenever possible, illustrate these points with real examples of best practice from the real world.

  • An overview of virtualisation and introduction to private cloud
  • The evolution of virtualisation
  • The impact of virtualisation across the business
  • Stages of virtualisation
    • Consolidation
    • Resource pools
    • Dynamic infrastructure & private cloud
    • Cloud resources
  • Feet on the ground
    • Who is doing what
    • The challenges of moving beyond consolidation
      • Management
      • Purchasing
      • Architecture
      • Operations
  • Business drivers for adoption of private cloud
    • Responsiveness
    • Cost efficiencies
    • Resilience
    • Service quality
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