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GBM says there is uptick in virtualisation demand

Economic, operational pressure driving demand for virtualisation in Gulf

GBM says there is uptick in virtualisation demand
Cesare Cordone chief executive officer, GBM says that the uptick in virtualisation adoption is a sign of companies trying to reduce the amount of underutilised IT resources.

Gulf Business Machines (GBM), the region's leading IT solutions provider, today revealed that a combination of economic and operational factors were the driving force behind a significant uptake in demand for virtualisation solutions. As it marked the completion of its 160th virtualisation project in the Gulf region, the company said that a combination of a growing focus on reducing capital expenditures, optimising operating expenses, improving business continuity and boosting business agility, is driving businesses in the region to invest in virtualisation.

GBM, which recently announced a 35% year-on-year growth in its virtualisation business, says that its customers benefit from Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) savings ranging from 48 to 70% as a result of deploying virtualisation solutions. Virtualisation is the technique of consolidating the volume of IT resources required, by creating virtual assets, such as servers and customers experience a range of benefits including reduced power and cooling costs, a decline in systems downtime, increased IT administration productivity and improved business agility.  

"In many ways, the volume of Virtualisation projects we are seeing in the region is a clear sign of the times we live in. We currently operate in an environment where the focus on boosting efficiencies is greater than ever before and it is only natural that businesses, big and small, are seeking to reduce the amount of underutilised IT resources and, in the process, operating costs," said Cesare Cardone, chief executive officer, GBM. "The universality of this trend is reflected in the diversity of our customer base, which spans industries such as banking, retail, government, hospitality and transportation."

GBM counts all the major server consolidation and Virtualisation vendors as technology partners in the region. This includes IBM, VMware, Citrix and Red Hat.

Pappu R. Rao, director, Technology Services, GBM, said: "Our track record in virtualisation is certainly not a coincidence and is the result of our long and varied experience in server consolidation and our ability to address all aspects including design, implementation and support for virtualisation projects. We also have a large technical resource pool of certified specialists that represents all the key competencies required to successfully deliver virtualisation projects anywhere in the region."

GBM also offers its customers a seamless roadmap from virtualisation to cloud computing. GBM's Cloud Service offerings are being evolved and now include Cloud Infrastructure Management comprising of PowerVM, VM Control and Systems Director. GBM is also able to integrate IBM and non-IBM cloud solutions from partners using an IBM cloud integration framework.

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