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April 12, 2007 08:00 ET

Server Blade Summit 2007 Focuses on Business Value of Blades and Virtualization

New Interactive ROI Lab and Sessions Provide Useful Methodologies for ROI Analysis

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2007 -- The sixth annual Server Blade Summit, "Blades and Virtualization: A Perfect Marriage," will have a strong focus on the business value to be gained by implementing these two hot technologies. In support of this end-user value focus, the exhibit floor will feature a unique ROI Planning Lab, where business and IT managers can estimate the bottom-line return on investment they can expect from deploying today's server virtualization technologies and blade servers. This year's summit also features a number of sessions that explore the return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) improvements from consolidating with blades and/or virtualization. Server Blade Summit 2007 will take place May 1-3, 2007 at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, California.

The Server Blade Summit 2007's new interactive ROI Planning Lab, sponsored by IBM Tivoli and Avnet, offers end-users a way to analyze the potential return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits for their data centers, though blade servers and server virtualization. The Lab showcases a variety of vendor and channel partner tools showing the value of these technologies. ROI Planning Lab tools provide a quick way to estimate the savings and performance possible. For example, tools will estimate the number of servers required after consolidation, and estimate potential savings in space, power and cooling, software licenses, and more.

"Enterprises are adopting blades and virtualization as they realize the bottom-line value these technologies can bring to their data centers and business operations," said Anne Skamarock, Advisory Analyst for Focus Consulting, Program Manager for the ROI Lab and co-author of Blades and Virtualization: Transforming Enterprise Computing While Cutting Costs. "Server Blade Summit 2007's focus on ROI, supported by this unique ROI Planning Lab provides an unprecedented opportunity for business and IT managers and executives to learn how blades and virtualization can enable efficient, agile and highly available data centers, while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO)."

Server Blade Summit 2007 aims to educate IT end-users on how to leverage both blades and virtualization to improve IT operations while reducing costs. Business and IT managers attending Server Blade Summit 2007 can attend ROI-oriented keynotes, tutorials and in-depth sessions on the key information technologies that drive bottom-line value in business. ROI-related activities and sessions at Server Blade Summit 2007 include:

--  ROI Planning Lab: Sponsored by IBM Tivoli and Avnet, this unique
    feature of Server Blade Summit 2007 provides essential business guidance on
    the ROI and TCO value of server virtualization and server blades.
--  Determining ROI for Consolidating with Blades and Virtualization
    chaired by John Hayes of Avnet Technology Solutions.
--  Keynote addresses on Blades and Virtualization by Doug Balog and Kevin
    Leahy of IBM, Mike Neil of Microsoft, Jack Lo of VMware, and Omer Simeon of
    Countrywide Financial
--  Top 10 Ways to Save Energy in your Data Center chaired by Sriram
    Ramakrishnan of Eaton.
--  User Experiences with Virtualization and Blades - What Went Well and
    What We'd Do Differently Next Time. Chaired by Jan Stafford of, this session is not for you if you'd enjoy
    reinventing the wheel with each deployment versus knowing the workarounds,
    tricks and shortcuts IT managers created during their deployments, as well
    as the benefits gained, particularly in ROI.

Premier Sponsors for the 2007 Server Blade Summit include Key Information Systems, the Ethernet Alliance and Tehuti Networks. Media Sponsors include TechTarget (, and, GRIDtoday, HPCwire,, Database Trends and Applications, Embedded Computing Design, eWeek, The Data Center Journal, and Virtual Strategy Magazine. The Newswire Sponsor is Market Wire. Analyst Sponsors are Coughlin Associates and Focus Consulting.

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About Server Blade Summit

The 6th Annual Server Blade Summit is the only conference in the U.S. focused exclusively on blades and virtualization. It features one-hour and half-day tutorials, business strategy and technical sessions, vendor technical sessions, panel discussions, keynotes, and exhibits. Subjects include server and desktop virtualization, blade server and virtualization implementation, blade and virtualization management, power and cooling issues, server consolidation, networking, storage, standards, best practices, and market research. The Summit will take place May 1-3, 2007 at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA. For more information, visit

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