SOURCE: Virtual Iron

November 18, 2008 08:47 ET

Virtual Iron Launches Newest Training Vignette on "Management Server Deployment Best Practices"

Free Training Videos for Budget-Conscious SMEs Enhanced

LOWELL, MA--(Marketwire - November 18, 2008) - Virtual Iron Software ( today announced the launch of a new training vignette to round out an already robust series of best practice videos. "Management Server Deployment Best Practices" is the latest in a series of free and easy videos that demonstrate the basics of preparing and installing a Virtual Iron environment; creating and configuring virtual data centers and virtual servers; and testing Virtual Iron's advanced feature set. Virtual Iron's vignettes support the corporate mantra of "True Server Virtualization for Everyone" and directly meet the needs of SMEs that have little to no budget for formal training yet still need to learn how to implement a Virtual Iron environment.

Easily accessible from Virtual Iron's website and at the training webpage (, the vignettes consist of nearly twenty videos ranging from product demonstrations to detailed virtual infrastructure configuration for Virtual Iron's VI-Center and beyond. The vignettes, emphasizing step-by-step procedures while providing underlying concepts, offer instruction on iSCSI basics, VLANs, PlateSpin P2V conversion, deployment strategies for high availability, along with other complex topics.

"Like many IT professionals, I have a finite amount of time I can devote to studying best practices among the range of technologies deployed in my IT environment," said Anthony Hardy, director of technology and IS at Jefferson Davis Community College. "With the vignettes from Virtual Iron I can watch the tutorials at anytime and quickly get the information I need without spending hours in scheduled training seminars or pouring over product documentation."

Virtual Iron's training tools further differentiate the company from its competitors who neither provide equivalent training for their core products, much less the detailed demonstrations for supporting complementary technologies such as iSCSI or PlateSpin. The vignettes are so intuitive that often customers will blur the line between evaluation and production, integrating some of their production servers during the evaluation period or immediately after purchase, thereby speeding the ROI.

"Today IT department budgets are being stretched to unprecedented limits with no dollars being allocated for training," said Chris Buzzy, principal trainer at Virtual Iron Software. "Especially with our SME customers, we're finding not only do they not have budget for travel and training, but heavier workloads resulting from slimmer staffs have left them with little time for support calls. These customers need self-starting tools that are available when and where they need them."

For resellers, Virtual Iron's virtual vignettes significantly accelerate the sales process. Prospects with an interest in virtualization can be pointed to the training site to learn about the core feature set and be guided through the configuration of their own Virtual Iron environment. Further, prospects and customers that view the vignettes are far less likely to need initial support, and when they do, the questions and problems are generally limited to advanced topics and not simple deployment issues.

About Virtual Iron Software, Inc. - True Server Virtualization for Everyone

Virtual Iron provides server virtualization software that reduces the cost and complexity of operating and managing IT infrastructure for organizations of all sizes. Leveraging industry standards, open source, and built-in hardware-assisted acceleration, Virtual Iron provides a complete and cost-effective solution including VI-Center, an intelligent virtual infrastructure management platform. Over 2,000 customer organizations worldwide leverage Virtual Iron today to support a broad range of data center initiatives including server consolidation, virtual server management, dev/test optimization, business continuity and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) enablement. The software is available exclusively through Virtual Iron's Channel One partner network. Trial versions of the software are also available for free download at For more information, visit or e-mail

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