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CDW Unveils Server Virtualization Assessments

CDW Corp. has announced an assessment services offering that enables qualifying medium and large organizations to consider the potential benefits of server virtualization at no cost and with minimal effort required from the participant, CDW explained. The core of the offerings – developed by CDW’s virtualization assessment team working with a number of customers during 2008 and early 2009 – include a Self-Guided Assessment (SGA) and a Server Virtualization Assessment (SVA).

“The current economic climate is leading all organizations to want to drive costs down, but reducing costs does not always mean doing less. Server virtualization reduces costs, but also increases data center capacity and resilience,” said Pat Scheckel, vice president, Solution Practices, CDW. “CDW’s Server Virtualization Assessment services help information technology managers determine the benefits of virtualization in concrete, realistic terms for their unique facilities.”

CDW’s newly expanded Server Virtualization offerings to qualifying medium and large organizations include:

  • Self-Guided Assessment (SGA) – This is a quick self-guided server virtualization assessment. CDW provides instructions to install a data collection tool, allowing customers to manage the installation and data collection at their own pace. CDW’s server/storage specialists then use the findings gathered by the assessment tool to build and recommend a custom Server Virtualization solution for the customer.
  • Server Virtualization Assessment (SVA) – This assessment engages CDW’s virtualization assessment team to assist in the installation of the data collection tool in complex environments that include large server populations or multiple data centers. Following data collection, the assessment team works with CDW server/storage specialists to develop a comprehensive virtualization solution, from hardware to software and services, tailored for each customer’s unique circumstances.

Because the implementation of server virtualization typically produces significant reductions in power and cooling, CDW’s SVA also includes a “green benefit” estimate, reflecting the associated impact of the recommended project on the organization’s carbon footprint.


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