SOURCE: Burton Group

Burton Group

April 15, 2009 10:59 ET

The Key to a Dynamic Data Center - Virtualization: Burton Group Catalyst Conference 2009

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) -

Highlights / Key Facts:

* Thriving companies require a fluid IT infrastructure that can change at the speed of business -- the solution, a dynamic data center and virtualization is the key. At Burton Group's Catalyst Conference North America 2009, enterprise technologists, Burton Group analysts and IT vendors will convene in San Diego, CA, July 27-31, 2009 to discuss the key data center technologies an evolving IT environment requires to gain a competitive advantage in changing markets.

* Chris Wolf will moderate a hypervisor performance debate between VMware's Scott Drummond and Citrix's Simon Crosby. Hypervisor performance measurement has reached a boiling point and now it's time to work towards a consensus on the best way to gauge performance in the absence of a working industry standard.

* 2009 marks an important time in the evolution of server virtualization. Traditional storage, network, security, OS, application, and data management approaches are in a state of transition and are currently being redefined. Catalyst speakers will demonstrate how server virtualization offers the opportunity for organizations to finally arrive at the elusive IT-as-a-service delivery and management model, but several obstacles such as management and security remain.

* New storage technologies, such as solid state disks and data deduplication are enabling greater performance and efficiency required for virtual environments. Burton Group analyst Gene Ruth will present the issues and new technologies forcing IT organizations to rethink their data center architecture, one designed for workload mobility decoupled from the constraints of physical systems.

* Highlights include case presentation from:

-- Simon Crosby, CTO Citrix

-- Mark Templeton, CEO Citrix

-- Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow Microsoft

-- Scott Drummond, Group Manager, Technical Marketing VMware

* Client virtualization has been gaining steam as vendors tout their products, but does virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offer the same compelling value as server virtualization? Listen to peers who have been through the process of making the business case for VDI and navigated the VDI waters to build large deployments. Burton Group analysts Richard Jones, Dan Blum and Chris Wolf will add insight on how to successfully deploy a secure virtual desktop infrastructure.

* Renowned for in-depth discussion of substantive IT issues, Catalyst brings together over 2,000 attendees from Fortune 500 and Global 2,000 companies to learn about and discuss significant technology topics and complex issues facing enterprise IT organizations.

* Tune into Catalyst Live to join the conference conversations, highlights, announcements, and follow expert insights.

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