Podcast : Exploring The Many Facets Of Server Virtualisation

In this podcast, Mick Walker From IBM & Steve Gold From ITProportal.com will be discussing the many faces of server virtualisation and how this rapidly evolving technology can benefit your organisation.

As with the term cloud computing, server virtualisation can mean many different things to different people but the important issue to realise is that there are a number of solutions in the marketplace, many of which take slightly different approaches to the issue.

IBM's strategy with server virtualisation is to work closely with clients on how the different flavours of virtualisation can increase efficiency and reduce costs - and also make their IT greener.

In late October of this year, for example, IBM signed a major outsourcing agreement with QBE, the international insurance company, to virtualise the server systems of the firm's UK and Western European offices.

According to IBM, the contract underpins a major change programme at QBE and covers the development plus maintenance of QBE's IT support services including helpdesk, desktop, data centre, LAN, WAN and disaster recovery systems.

IBM's Portsmouth data centre houses the support for the business whilst virtualisation of the server estate will reduce QBE's carbon footprint and provide higher availability - plus scalability - for business growth.

As the old adage says - your mileage may differ - but server virtualisation brings a number of key advantages with it that include cost savings and business efficiencies.

The addition of greener IT and better flexibility of your IT resources makes it a win-win situation for all concerned.