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Principal Group Manager, Windows Server and Solutions Division, Microsoft
Allen Stewart is a Principal Group Program Manager in the Windows Server and Solutions Division. Allen focuses on Microsoft virtualization technologies, virtualization management, and Low Latency scenarios. Allen works directly with the various Microsoft virtualization product groups on customer scenarios, technology adoption validation programs, white papers, and feature/scenario planning. Allen is responsible for ensuring early deployment readiness and testing of all of Windows Server releases with Customers. Allen leads the Microsoft Virtualization Customer Advisory Council, which has a core set of customers who help drive the next-generation virtualization scenarios. Allen is a Microsoft Certified Architect, and he is on the board of directors of the Microsoft Certified Architect Program. Allen is also co-author of the book “Inside Hyper-V” from Sybex Press.
Moving to a virtual infrastructure brings both significant benefits and challenges in terms of data protection and availability. A well managed virtual environment should include leveraging virtualization and newly available tools to improve the way you implement Backup, Disaster Recovery, High Availability and possibly Fault Tolerance. Learn how various virtualization capabilities fit on the continuum of protection and availability and hear best practices involving various technologies including image backup, VM and storage snapshots, replication, HA clustering, and fault.
Desktop and application virtualization hold the promise of solving many of the desktop management problems that have been plaguing IT since PCs first began to multiply in corporations in the early 1980s. How can these various technologies help reduce desktop and application management nightmares? Where should they fit into an overall desktop management strategy? What benefits can be gained and what pitfalls can be avoided? What is involved in evaluating, planning and implementing them? How should desktop management change to best leverage these technologies? How do SBC/hosted applications, VDI/hosted virtual desktops, client hypervisors, application virtualization and user virtualization fit together? Learn best practices for implementing various desktop and application virtualization technologies and how you might incorporate these types of solutions into your desktop and application management strategy.