That was followed by a session on "Virtualisation: the new reality" delivered by Dave Speake, whch explained the progress of our virtualisation agenda - absolutely vital work which is usually completely hidden from our users, and sometimes from the rest of the department. Pre 2010 we had around 200 physical servers whereas now we have 70 physical computers and 110 virtual ones, and by the end of this year we should have 50 physical ones and 200 virtual machines. The main advantages to us of this are:
- It's cheaper than buying and running physical machines
- Easier to manage
- Uses less electricity
- More flexible
- More reliable
- More functional
- Quicker to set up
We then had a look back on what we'd achieved this year, and what we are planning to do next year, which will be the subject of another post - too long for this one!
Finally, the all important announcement of who'd won the ABBAs - the Above and Beyond Awards. I'd decided at the last minute to include pictures of all the nominees and winners, but could only get my hands on ones from parties so nearly everyone had a silly hat on, or a drink in their hand!
The winners were:
Outstanding collague Award: John Ollerenshaw
Unsung hero Award: Jayne Halsey
Team Award: The SAP Basis team, Neil Campbell, Andy Turner and James Ibbotson
Well done to all, and the rest of the nominees.