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November Educational Meeting: SIMPLER, GREENER, CHEAPER, SANER? Business considerations for virtualizing IT


Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM


Simpler, Greener, Cheaper, Saner?

Virtualizing desktop workstations and virtualizing to the cloud – business considerations and strategies.

MTUG Coordinators: Kevin Heatley and Scott Buckheit

Many businesses can benefit from streamlining desktop computer setups with virtualized desktops, and elevating some server operations to the cloud – Are these good technologies for your business? Which methods and services are best? And what features should you care about most?

Every business is different. Come hear two businesses and their IT partners discuss their virtualization stories. As always, attendance is free -- please pre-register below.


8:30 - 9:00am – Pre-Session Refreshments & Networking

9:00 - 9:15am – Opening Remarks and "New York Minute"

9:15 - 10:30am – SESSION I:  Desktop Freedom: the Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)


Matt Bator, Sales Engineer, Dell Cloud Client Computing

Michael Fraser, Sales Engineer, Dell Cloud Client Computing

Mike Pratt, Director of Business Development, SymQuest Group, Inc.

Jeremy Payne, Senior Systems Analyst, Gorham Savings Bank


A best practices discussion around business and technology factors to consider when implementing an end-to-end VDI solution.  Included are customer case studies and Dell’s best practice methodology for implementing VDI.  Gorham Savings Bank’s XenDesktop implementation will be discussed as well.

10:30 - 10:45 am - Break, Refreshments

10:45 am - Noon - SESSION II: Virtualizing in the cloud -- What is it? Why businesses would want to do this?


David Allen, Regional Director (Windstream)

Rick Beaupre, Senior Network Design Specialist (Windstream)

David Gibson, Network Design Specialist (Windstream)

Aaron Merriam, Infrastructure and Security Engineer, AutoEurope.


The presentation will explore best practices for migrating to an off-premises virtualized environment, discussing various levels of cloud services that businesses can use, business reasons to move to cloud service such as equipment capitalization and business continuity, what to look for in a data center provider, and migration and deployment paths.


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