IBM extends virtualisation to SMBs

IBM says SMBs can enjoy the same benefits from virtualisation as larger enterprises

IBM says SMBs can enjoy the same benefits from virtualisation as larger enterprises

IBM has launched a programme to extend its campaign to bring to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) the benefits that larger enterprises enjoy from a virtualised server environment.

IBM says that its virtualisation portfolio is designed to help increase the availability, resiliency and utilisation of SMBs’ infrastructures. Its new SMB programme includes assistance in setting up a centre of competence, technical and industry education, to assist clients to design and implement virtualisation solutions around IBM’s Virtualization Engine portfolio.
In order to demonstrate more accurately the benefits of virtualisation, IBM sales partners will offer a ‘real world’ environment to simulate client scenarios and test applications. By attending training sessions at the Business Partner’s Innovation Centres, IBM hope that SMBs will see that its Virtualization Engine offerings can reduce both planned and unplanned outages, ease data migrations and lower the costs for disaster recovery sites as well as manage an entire virtualised infrastructure.

“We see this program strategy as a natural evolution to expand our virtualization ecosystem,” comments Rich Lechner, vice-president, virtualisation, IBM. “We are using this approach to educate [SMBs] on the business benefits of virtualisation and demonstrate how easy it is to get started… we are enabling our most-qualified business partners… both anticipate and answer [SMBs’] needs while easing entry into the technology and showing immediate results and value.”

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