MANCHESTER, New Hampshire, November 21 /PRNewswire/ --

- Fully hosted audience of senior European IT executives to hold meetings and preview latest blade, virtualisation and data centre solutions with top vendors and analysts

Following the successful launch of the BladeSystems Insight event in the United States, PPM Media today announced BladeSystems Insight Europe 2008, the first summit bringing together an exclusive hosted audience of European IT executives with major vendors of blade, virtualisation and related data centre technologies. Top analysts and editors covering the European marketplace will also participate. BladeSystems Insight Europe will take place from March 16-18, 2008 at the Hotel Tivoli Marinotel in Vilamoura, The Algarve, Portugal.

Europe represents one of the world's fastest-growing markets for IT solutions transforming the data centre. According to IDC, European sales of servers, driven by blades, rose by 11 percent in the first quarter of 2007 to nearly US$4.3 billion. IDC also reports that in Western Europe, virtualisation is experiencing rapid and unprecedented adoption, while blade servers experienced 49% year-over-year growth in Central and Eastern Europe. Overall EMEA revenue for data centre infrastructure technologies is growing at more than twice the global rate.

The format of BladeSystems Insight Europe marks a significant departure from traditional industry conferences as well as current European events focused on the data centre. European IT executives need to qualify in order to attend, and all qualified attendees will receive a full participation package that includes airfare, hotel, meals and event programs. The agenda features pre-scheduled meetings between attending executives and vendors in case study presentations, one-on-one meetings, and a product demonstration and meeting area. Presentations are delivered by analysts from multiple research organizations.

Attendees include European IT professionals including CIOs, network and IT/IS managers, and data centre managers. Participating vendors will be the world's premier manufacturers and providers of blade servers and systems, virtualisation software, power and cooling, storage, security, and other applications for data centre environments.

For further information on BladeSystems Insight Europe, including information on qualifying to attend, visit www.bladesystemsinsighteurope.com. Vendors interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact (in Europe) Bill Blenkarn at +44-(0)-7515-170526 or BBlenkarn@globalexec.com; or (in the United States) Paul Samargedlis at +1-603-668-7141 or paul.samargedlis@ppmmedia.com. For media inquiries, contact Peter Gordon at +1-603-668-7143 or peter.gordon@ppmmedia.com.

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Europe, Bill Blenkarn for PPM Media, +44-(0)-7515-170526, BBlenkarn@globalexec.com; or United States, Paul Samargedlis, +1-603-668-7141, paul.samargedlis@ppmmedia.com, or Media, Peter Gordon, +1-603-668-7143, peter.gordon@ppmmedia.com, both of PPM Media