We’re just in the final days of the IT Executive Roadmap Tour, with Rick touring Halifax, myself visiting Quebec City and Damir finishing up in Calgary and then Edmonton this coming Wednesday. We’ve had fun presenting with Rob Davidson and Ian Watson, a couple of our technical sales guys and it’s been fantastic meeting IT managers across the country.
The main focus of the first session during the tour was virtualization technology: what it is, what it can do and in what scenarios you might want to implement it. During the tour, one of the case studies we talked about was how Newfoundland Power used Windows Virtual Server 2005 and Double-Take software to implement a disaster recovery solution which saw them go from a 24 hour recovery time and data loss to a 30 minute recovery time with 1 minute of data loss.
In this month’s IT Manager Podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking to Melvin Goodyear from Newfoundland Power, along with Bob Roudebush from Double-Take and Bruce Cowper and Dale Hall, both from Microsoft Canada, about Newfoundland Power’s experiences as well as how other customers are implementing Virtual Server and the benefits they’re seeing. We discuss disaster recovery planning and strategies, remote office management as well as challenges and considerations every IT manager should think about before implementing a virtualization solution.