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How to get to having virtually no infrastructure

07 October
8 - 10 am
Pearl Restaurant, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

Virtualisation allows a single physical resource (server, storage, application, desktop) to behave as any number of virtual resources, or conversely lets multiple physical resources behave as a single virtual resource. Applied at the enterprise datacentre level, virtualisation delivers compelling cost advantages, allowing much more efficient resource utilisation, reducing energy costs and carbon footprint, and improving flexibility, scalability and availability. More profoundly, when applied to the entire enterprise, virtualisation enables new and disruptive business models.

However, getting there is not simple and infrastructure transformation must be built on secure foundations. Therefore companies must think in terms of these three key steps: Stabilise, rationalise, virtualise. This can be a very complex journey. Uncontrolled, system images and the associated costs can proliferate.  Initial investment may be required and existing assets may need to be written off. Accordingly, few organisations have so far been able to reap anything like the full potential of strategic virtualisation.

Our Breakfast Exchange discussion was kicked off by two recognised authorities – Steve O’Donnell and Mark Shirman. Steve is a leading industry analyst on infrastructure and operations (visit his blog for an insight into his points of view). As the global head of Data Centres at BT, Steve presided over a 20,000 server reduction that yielded an 8-figure cost saving over three years and at First Data he ran IT for the largest global credit, debit, gift, and prepay card processing company in the world.  Mark is the CEO and founder of GlassHouse Technologies, a global provider of IT infrastructure services enabling organisations to consolidate, virtualise and manage their IT environments efficiently.  Also participating in the discussion were Gavin Colman, Paul Johnson, Kevin O'Connor, Robert Pitt, Guy Ruddock, John Simmons, Bob Torreson and Stuart Walters.

Breakfast Exchanges are an opportunity for selected senior executives to meet in a small group to discuss ‘hot topics’ in a confidential and informal environment. We would be delighted if you could find the time to come and contribute to the debate. There are a maximum of eight places available – if you would like to join this group, please contact Fiona Farr at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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