Virtualization hits New York City Government
By unixman on Nov 01, 2007
New York City on the 1st day of November ...aaah, yet another data point reminding us that the flavor of autumn has once again made its appearance. I love autumn! As if last night's stroll with the kids trick-or-treating wasn't enough, this morning's cold, crisp air (augmented with randomly dancing yellowish leaves occasionally painted with traces of red and orange) created such a wonderful & unique experience. (Had it rained, the experience would not only have been unique but a wet one, too!)
The constant hustle and bustle of the city was no different today. Brooklyn's Marriott Hotel (by the the historic Brooklyn Bridge) hosted this year's New York City Government Technology Forum. Sun was one of the sponsors. There was an exhibit with many interesting (and well-known) vendors catering to the City, State and Federal Government industries. I had an honor of speaking at this event; topic - Server Virtualization.
Together with Christopher Theon (Practice Manager, GTSI) and Marcos Merced (an MIS Director from DoITT) we had just over an hour to define and discuss server virtualization. We divided the time frame into, roughly, three 15 to 20-minute timeslots (to allow opportunity for Q&A). Since my topic dealt with introducing virtualization and discussing hardware and software components, I spoke first. My goal was to remain vendor-neutral and provide an objective overview of server virtualization technologies. (I hope I've succeeded in meeting that goal). Here are my presentation slides. Chris extended the discussion by picking up on the business drivers that I had introduced. He took the discussion further into cost analysis and other business-centric elements that are critical in evaluating the approach and success of a virtualization project. Marcos talked about a case study of deploying VMware solutions over the last 3 years, and how it has helped his organization improve overall agility and importantly - reduce costs. While each of our topics could well take an hour, each on their own, I would love to hear what you thought (if you were among those attending).
And if you weren't in the audience, I would still love to hear about creative ways that you've used to employ virtualization technologies to address business drivers (even if you did not [or do not] use an ounce of Sun's technology to accomplish that)...