Virtualisation and cloud services

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Refreshments at 7.00pm, talk starts at 7.30pm

TC103, ‘Teaching Centre’, University of Gloucestershire, The Park Campus, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH

This event is open to the public and is free of charge. You do not need to book for the event: you can just turn up.

Colin Butcher, CEng, FBCS, CITP,  XDelta Limited


This session will provide an overview of the principles that apply to virtualisation and cloud services when designing and implementing virtualised systems and infrastructures. There are a wide range of issues to be considered, especially those affecting performance, scalability and availability. 

The context within which your business operates will help to determine to what extent and in which areas virtualisation and cloud services may be applicable. Virtualisation and cloud services can provide a useful solution to a wide range of problems, especially when combined with blade server technology.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Virtualisation in practice (processing, data networking, storage subsystems);
  • Cloud services in practice (provision of infrastructure, platform and software);
  • Performance and scalability,
  • Availability and manageability.

Come along and join in the discussion.

Colin is an international consulting engineer who specialises in the design and implementation of mission-critical and disaster-tolerant systems. He has been responsible for the architectural design, implementation and management of several major projects, including satellite control, air traffic monitoring, finance data and healthcare infrastructures. Colin was a finalist in the 2008 and the 2003 BCS IT Professional Awards for "IT Consultant of the Year".