29/09/2009 - 19:00
29/09/2009 - 21:00

Speaker: Colin Butcher

Making use of virtualisation

City of Bristol College, Bristol (see Venues) - Room 3C4
This session will provide an overview of virtualisation and the underlying principles that apply when designing and implementing virtualised systems and infrastructures. There are a wide range of issues to be considered. The context within which your business operates will help to determine to what extent and in which areas virtualisation may be applicable. Virtualisation techniques can in many cases provide a useful solution to a wide range of problems, especially when combined with blade server technology.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Virtualisation in practice:
    • Processing
    • Data networking
    • Storage subsystems
  • Performance and scalability
  • Availability and manageability
  • Data centre infrastructure and consolidation

Colin is an international consulting engineer who specialises in the design and implementation of mission-critical and disaster-tolerant systems. He has been responsible for the architectural design, implementation and management of several major projects, including satellite control, air traffic monitoring, finance data and healthcare infrastructures. Colin was a finalist in both the 2008 and the 2003 BCS IT Professional Awards for "IT Consultant of the Year".

His professional qualifications include Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the British Computer Society and Chartered IT Professional.

It is very useful to have

It is very useful to have such discussions where users can get to know about a variety of topics and how and when it can be applied. The talk on virtualization will touch upon the basics required for designing and putting into effect virtualized systems. This involves a number of issues like how, where and to what extent it can be applicable. This of course depends on what type of business one has. In many cases virtualization techniques can provide useful solutions to a wide range of problems.

Slides from Colins Talk

Colin has provided a copy of the slides from his talk. I have loaded them and they are available here