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Senior Engineer, Virtualization and Storage, EMEA, SunGard Financial Systems
Guy Chapman has operational oversight of virtualisation and storage for intenal IT at SunGard Financial Systems, a Fortune 500 company with revenues in excess of $5.5 bn and one of the 20 largest software companies in the world. The busy virtual infrastructure serves a large development and test community, with over 1,500 virtual machines distributed around the UK and Europe. His current project is to move to a more cloud-like model with self-service on-demand provisioning and granular chargeback. Guy's past experience includes real-time control system programming, working with small businesses on early adoption of the Internet, and consulting for organisations such as The Healthcare Commission, Tyco International and Cincinnati Machine.
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