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What is virtualization?

WITI Houston explores what it is and how companies are implementing virtualized environments to gain a competitive edge

Around the world, forward-looking IT organizations are turning rigid data centers into agile, virtualized environments. They recognize the opportunity to use virtualization to break down the silos that keep applications from sharing infrastructure and that contribute to chronic underutilization of IT resources.
More than ever before, it is clear that virtualization makes good business sense. It can help an organization simultaneously reduce costs, increase agility and make IT more responsive to the needs of the business. So for many companies the question isn't, "Should we virtualize?" Instead, the question is, "How can we transition to a virtualized environment in a predictable, cost-effective manner?"

Discussions by:
Sonny Wickstrand, "A Virtualization Overview"
Jeff Pollard, "VMWare at NetIQ"

Featured Speaker(s)

Panelists:
Sonny Wickstrand, Hewlett-Packard
Jeff Pollard, NetIQ

Sonny Wickstrand
World Wide Software Product Marketing Manager - VMware
Industry Standard Server Division
Hewlett-Packard
Sonny Wickstrand is the World Wide Software Product Marketing Manager for VMware software for HP's Industry Standard Server (ISS) division. In this role Sonny is responsible for developing VMware product offerings for ISS and collaborating with regional product managers to implement go-to-market strategies that drive VMware software implementations on HP ProLiant server hardware. Sonny has been part of HP's ISS team for 9 years, and most recently was the Engineering Program Manager for VMware, SCO UNIX, and the Solaris x86 operating systems. Prior to joining HP in 1997, Sonny worked as a network administrator and client analyst for Memorial Hermann and St. Luke's Episcopal hospital systems.

Sonny has lived in Houston since leaving the United States Marine Corps in 1988. He holds a BS degree in economics and political science from the University of Houston and an MBA from Texas A&M University.

Jeff Pollard
Director of Quality Engineering
NetIQ
Jeff Pollard is a Director of Quality Engineering at NetIQ responsible
for the Security, Administration and Change Control product lines. Jeff
has been in the software development industry for 15 years with the
majority of that time being spent testing enterprise-level IT
applications for Systems Management, Database Administration, Domain
Management and Enterprise Security.



Schedule of Events

Schedule:
6:00-6:30 Registration, Dinner and Networking
6:30-7:00 Announcements, Sponsor Welcome and Panel Introductions
7:00-7:30 Sonny Wickstrand, "A Virtualization Overview"
7:30-8:00 Jeff Pollard, "VMWare at NetIQ"
8:00-8:15 Q&A
8:15-8:30 Networking