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Delivering your next generation data-centre or server room

The data-centre landscape has changed dramatically in recent years as virtualisation technology has matured and the hypervisor has become the platform of choice for deploying IT services. This first phase has generally involved less critical applications alongside test and development environments. Initial cost savings though have often been negated by the hidden costs of technology transformation – new licensing regimes, re-skilling costs amongst others. As organisations move to the next phase and start to virtualise more business critical applications, they are looking to address key issues such as improved management, optimisation, resilience and performance whilst at the same time reducing the operational costs involved. This short webinar will highlight some of these key issues and discuss some of the options available today to solve some of the challenges you face in building out your next generation data-centre or server room.
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