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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

CWL plans roadshow on virtualisation

The Computer Warehouse Limited (CWL), a subsidiary of the Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) has advanced plans to commence a road show on virtualisation.

Virtualisation is the process whereby a company develops more of the characteristics of the virtual organisation, which is a method for deploying Information Technology (IT) processing and storage resource that allows physical devices to be represented more generically as software.

Sales Executive at the Computer Warehouse Limited (CWL), Mr. Emmanuel Adeogun, disclosed this at the weekend, emphasising that virtualisation is the next frontier of business in emerging technologies, especially in the West African markets.

Speaking at the weekend at the end of this year’s VMworld 2007 held in San Francisco, United States, Mr. Adeogun, reaffirmed the commitment of the CWL parent company, CWG in taking up the leadership role in bringing virtualisation to bear as the next frontier in emerging technology in the region.

Mr. Adeogun who is a certified VMware professional, noted that the commitment of CWG is to ensure that its numerous customers are not left behind in enjoying the full benefit that virtualisation brings in enabling businesses to do more with less.

“We’re staging a road show in the country to unfold more of what we have in the kitty,” he informed, adding that Computer Warehouse Limited, represented West Africa as the only enterprise partner covering the region currently.

Champion Infotel recalled that at the just concluded VMworld attended by over 10,800 Information Technology (IT) professionals, including executives, technology providers and industry experts from around the world discussions were centred on virtualisation, as well as the unveiling of the newest technology products and best practices for deploying virtualisation solutions.

Meanwhile, speaking at the VMWorld 07, President and chief executive of VMware, Ms Diane Greene, in her keynote address noted that last year, discussions were centred on virtualisation becoming a mainstream.

“Now, we’re talking about a virtualisation industry. It’s an incredible time to be part of it,” she declared, adding that virtualisation is driving a complete infrastructure refresh.

She explained that nowadays data centres are getting modernized and optimised as well as all the infrastructure products, including the virtualisation layer, which is offering a better way to handle disaster recovery, security, provisioning and more, as they are assisting companies to use less power.

“Hardware is increasingly going to be delivered virtualization-enabled with a hyper-visor pre-installed, and it can be up and running with virtualization in under two minutes. The hyper-visor sits right on top of the hardware. A lot of times a hyper-visor is seen as being in the same class as the operating system. But the operating system does far more than the hyper-visor—it manages the applications for the end user.

The hyper-visor just manages the resources, and the virtual infrastructure aggregates those resources and provides reliability and responsiveness for the software running in virtual machines,” she said.

According to her, “Virtualization is also valuable for running desktops on a server, and making them accessible remotely. Such an architecture makes it easier for IT departments to secure and manage centrally, and it becomes a workspace that you can access from anywhere, and access from any form factor.”

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