Version 1 achieves coveted Microsoft virtualisation partner status

7 Oct 2009

An Irish technology company has become one of only 20 companies worldwide that are authorised to deliver Microsoft’s Server Virtualisation with Advanced Management (SVAM) offering and the first in Ireland to be Services Ready.

The SVAM offering is a solution that enables organisations to maximise cost savings and improve business continuity through seamless physical and virtual management, interoperable tools, and a familiar platform.

The Services Ready program engages with the top tier of Microsoft Gold Certified Partners to help accelerate their services business by having a faster time to market, rapid deployment of high value solutions, and a lower opportunity cost.

“Combining the depth of experience and knowledge of Microsoft with our own locally focused team is a recipe for delivering excellence at a cost level that makes it much more attainable for Irish organisations,” commented Brendan McGettrick, enterprise director, Version 1.

The offering accelerates the implementation of a server virtualisation solution using System Center which helps customers maximise cost savings by addressing both physical and virtual infrastructures to consolidate their servers, reduce hardware, space, and energy costs, utilise seamless management of physical and virtual server assets and attain a lower TCO through effective disaster recovery capabilities.

“This accreditation underlines Version 1’s capability to rapidly design and implement best in class server virtualisation solutions for their customers, leveraging their experience in both our technology and now our own delivery approach and methodology,” Darren Dillon, practice manager, Microsoft Consulting Services explained.

“Services Ready is fundamentally all about accelerating the productive use of Microsoft solutions so that customers get maximum value from their investment. Version 1 are fully committed to this model, which in turn benefits them, their customers, and Microsoft,” added Dillon.

By John Kennedy

Photo: From left, Darren Dillion, practice manager, Microsoft Consulting Services; Richard Nunan, head of infrastructure consulting, Version 1; and Brendan McGettrick, enterprise director, Version 1.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years