SLOUGH, England, November 25, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- International solutions provider, Logicalis ( ), today announced an innovative range of solutions and services specifically designed to help organisations optimise and maximise their investment in virtualisation technologies. Designed to transform virtualisation from a 'hot' technology to a strategic and trusted business platform, Logicalis' Virtualisation: Optimised for Business ( portfolio provides a 360degrees lifecycle view of virtualisation, covering architecture, support, services, management and hosting. Logicalis believes it now offers the UK's most cost efficient virtualisation lifecycle ownership model.

By looking at virtualisation as a single entity, as opposed to disparate technology platforms, organisations can better ensure optimum performance and efficiency throughout the lifecycle of its virtualised infrastructure; consolidate multiple support contracts; improve business service levels; reduce hosting space and simplify overall management of the virtualised infrastructure, ultimately driving down costs.

Logicalis' Virtualisation: Optimised for Business portfolio incorporates:

- Business Optimised Virtualisation Architecture - Virtual Architecture Support Agreement - Virtual Architecture Optimisation Services - Virtual Architecture Management Framework - Virtual Architecture Hosting Services

To help organisations navigate their IT journey through virtualisation and future strategies, Logicalis has also announced an Innovation Dividend which provides customers with a consulting fund intended to help navigate future business and technology strategy.

"While individual virtualisation technologies have come of age, we have so far seen sparse attention paid to bringing a complete lifecycle approach to owning and operating virtual architectures," explains Chris Gabriel, director of solutions and marketing at Logicalis. "It is evident from issues such as the disconnect between disparate virtual infrastructures and multiple support contracts with differing SLAs, that the industry has focussed on helping customers to consolidate, rather than provide lifecycle solutions and services that can increase operational effectiveness and realise increased business value."

Suitable for businesses with mature virtual estates, as well as those taking their first steps toward virtualisation, Logicalis' Virtualisation: Optimised for Business portfolio provides:

- Business Optimised Virtualisation Architecture: A custom packaged virtual architecture, including network, server, storage, hypervisor platforms, virtual management tools, support and maintenance, and on-going optimisation services to ensure virtual architectures stay within planned capacity and performance characteristics. - Virtual Architecture Support Agreement: A single contractual support agreement that includes on-going optimisation services, contract cost consolidation, improved virtual architecture availability, and synchronises SLAs. - Virtual Architecture Optimisation Services: Optimisation services to reduce virtual server sprawl, mitigate infrastructure capacity constraints to remove performance bottlenecks, and ensure virtual architecture meets ICT consolidation and business improvement objectives. - Virtual Architecture Management Framework: A single framework that consolidates infrastructure and hypervisor management and provisioning, and reduces operational cost and complexity. - Virtual Architecture Hosting Services: High density hosting services that deliver 4:1 consolidation over typical low-density hosting environments, and enable businesses to achieve up to 20% cost saving on traditional hosting contracts.

Gabriel concludes, "Virtualisation is a technology necessity; managed as a long-term strategic business platform it will deliver efficiency and performance advantages. Logicalis' investment in the lifecycle of virtualisation, coupled with our recently completed high density data centre, enables customers to look beyond server consolidation and realise ongoing operational cost savings, improved business performance, and service availability. Logicalis' Innovation Dividend is a further demonstration to our customers that their investments in virtualisation today will be matched by our support for their business and technology change tomorrow."

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services founded on a superior breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications & collaboration; data centre; and professional and managed services.

Logicalis Group employs over 1,900 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 5,000 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM and Microsoft.

The Logicalis Group has annualised revenues of $1 billion, from operations in the UK, US, Germany, South America and Asia Pacific, and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators, specialising in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, a $3.7 billion revenue business listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges.

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