07-27-12: Pete Koehler on Mosaic at Lemay: America’s Car Museum
About a month ago, I was with Mosaic Technology at LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma, WA for an exclusive technology event. Partnered with Dell, SilverPeak, Veeam, Coraid and Xsigo, LeMay filled up with an enthusiastic group of IT professionals. We were able to connect over America’s long-time love affair with automobiles, and discover how technology can continue to shape the future of how organizations’ systems evolve with it.
In my mind, LeMay was a great venue to educate the attendees about how Mosaic can continue providing flexible solutions as companies continue to grow. Automobiles in the museum showcase historic transformations cars took over the years, aesthetically and under-the-hood. Much like looking at an organization’s network framework, it is indisputable that infrastructures continue to transform by the technology of VDI.
Through conversations with other professionals, I was happy with the amount of people intrigued by virtualization, yet surprised with the amount of organizations that are still not virtualized. Education of technology is an important factor when transforming to a virtualized center, and I hope Mosaic’s interactive white board session not only answered any questions but also introduced virtualization beyond the data center, the next big thing.
At the event, I was lucky enough to co-present the interactive white board with colleague, Tim Antonowicz. Our presentation featured ‘Virtualization beyond the data center’ using the tools of an iPad, Apple TV and projector. Viewers were able to follow along, as we would draft mock layouts of a virtualized center.
You have a cooperative audience with this style of a presentation rather than a PowerPoint, and informative conversations arose from viewer’s questions. Extending virtualization beyond the data center means introducing the viewers to the ideas of VDI and business continuity to allow for VM recovery.
The idea that virtualization doesn’t end at the data center brought up questions, such as, “If I invested in this, where does VDI fit in the data center?” Tim and I explained how virtualization can be added into an existing infrastructure, and in many cases do not need a supporting one. Our attendees were from a diverse group of customers, some graphic intensive who need the high-end graphic applications, and also there were administrators looking to understand benefits of VDI. I believe it’s important that everyone understands the benefits, and I would like to point them out.
- Virtualization doesn’t end at the data center, it allows you to leverage additional solutions to further your efforts to provide resilient, agile, high availability architecture,
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructure’s (VDI) should be closely evaluated as the cost/performance ratios continue to improve dramatically and the benefits can be significant, and
- Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery of VM’s should be evaluated in many virtual environments, and where appropriate, included as part of the DR plan.
With technology continuously changing, it’s great having the opportunity to answer questions that served as roadblocks when IT professionals consider adopting the new trends. Our event at LeMay focused on virtualization beyond the data center, which allows greater flexibility, making your business more agile. With so many popular trends in the industry today, I’m looking forward to answering more of your questions around those topics in our next session.
Did you attend our LeMay event and want to take the next step with virtualization? Contact a Mosaic representative today – we’re ready and waiting to begin the process.