Logicalis Enterprise Consolidation Practice Manager to Provide Real World Examples at Industry Panel on Virtualization

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Industry veteran Mike Schmidt to discuss "Virtualization - Hype or Reality"; Logicalis makes feature article on Enterprise Consolidation available free for download at: http://www.us.logicalis.com/PR/consolidation.

Virtualization and consolidation can produce significant return on investment when implemented in a systematic approach with appropriate planning and due-diligence up front

Logicalis, Inc., a global provider of high performance technology, today announced that System Consolidation Practice Manager, Mike Schmidt, will present "Virtualization ROI - Hype or Reality?" as a panelist on January 25 in a Ziff Davis eSeminar "Finding Efficiency, Flexibility and Opportunity in Virtualization." Information for attending the eSeminar, an online event, can be found at http://virtualization.eseminarslive.com. A free copy of a Logicalis feature article on Enterprise Consolidation and Virtualization is available for download at: http://www.us.logicalis.com/PR/consolidation

Virtualization--the technique of managing systems and resources functionally, regardless of their physical layout or location--creates a pool of resources from which IT services can be delivered.

"Virtualization and consolidation can produce significant return on investment when implemented in a systematic approach with appropriate planning and due-diligence up front," says Schmidt, a veteran of hundreds of consolidation projects across multiple industries and multiple platforms that have saved clients millions of dollars.

We find that in many cases, corporate assets are significantly under-utilized in the typical Fortune 500 enterprise, notes Schmidt, one of three industry experts selected to participate in the panel.

Schmidt will present a case study demonstrating how one company, over five years, could reduce the total cost of ownership for its IT environment by over 30 percent from a current level projected at $13 million.

But successful virtualization and consolidation projects require a serious commitment, Schmidt warns.

"If you're not willing to conduct due diligence, implement a solid methodology, and follow through seriously, an enterprise-wide consolidation effort will probably fall short of return on investment expectations." Schmidt says. "The most important criterion for success is stakeholder involvement from the beginning. Key IT, financial, and business unit executives must see this as an important initiative to reduce costs and streamline operations and put their support behind it. If not, the initiative and potential ROI is at risk.

Prior to joining the consolidation and virtualization practice at Logicalis, Schmidt worked for 25 years in senior-level sales management positions with industry leaders Avnet Enterprise Solutions and Digital.

To participate in the January 25 eSeminar, visit http://virtualization.eseminarslive.com. A free copy of a Logicalis feature article on Enterprise Consolidation and Virtualization is available for download at: http://www.us.logicalis.com/PR/consolidation

About Logicalis

Logicalis is a global provider of high-performance technology solutions. Logicalis and its affiliated companies employ 1,000 people worldwide, including highly-trained service specialists who specify, design, deploy and manage IT infrastructure to meet the needs of over 5,000 corporate and public sector customers. Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as HP, IBM, Cisco and EMC.

Logicalis is a part of Logicalis Group, a division of Datatec Limited (JSE:DTC), a $3 billion multi-national Group listed on the AIM market of the LSE and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. With its international headquarters in the UK, Logicalis Group has annualized global revenues of over $750 million from operations in the U.S., UK, Germany and South America. In North America, Logicalis' annualized revenues amount to some $500 million with over 500 employees in the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.us.logicalis.com.

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Lisa Dreher, VP, Marketing & Business Development, Logicalis, Inc.

lisa.dreher -at- us.logicalis.com; 425-201-8111

http://www.us.logicalis.com

Arthur Germain, Principal, Communication Strategy Group for Logicalis

agermain -at- gocsg.com; 631-239-6335

http://www.gocsg.com

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