Back in October 2008, I was in the North-West with one of our Virtualisation Partners, Nviron, with, at the time, a prospective customer; Chester Zoo.  When you think of Chester Zoo, or, any zoo in fact, the last thing that typically springs to mind is IT, especially virtualisation.  When you think zoo, you think monkeys, zebras, and occasionally, the odd giant wildebeest, but not Live Migrating VMs and High Availability along with more acronyms than you can shake a stick at.

Anyway, Chester Zoo, like many organisations, were evaluating virtualisation platforms, and at the time, we discussed the Microsoft virtualisation options that were on the table.  Namely, a released Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, and an upcoming R2.  We also went into a fair amount of discussion around the management of said virtual estate, and the value of the System Center management suite.

Zoom forward a few months, and Chester Zoo, along with Nviron, were part of the Rapid Deployment Program (RDP) for R2, and deploying, with Microsoft/Partner support, pre-released code into production.

Zoom forward to November 2009, and Phil Morris, Chester Zoo’s IT Chief, is on stage at TechEd Europe, in the keynote, talking about how Chester Zoo benefited from the R2 technologies.  Awesome stuff, and you know what they say…from small acorns…

If you’re interested in finding out more about their deployment, and their experiences with the technology, and what it’s given them from a technology and business perspective, yet also, explore how they went through the analysis, planning, piloting and roll-out of their virtualisation project, their motivations and most importantly the business requirements which led them to consider virtualisation technology as the answer, then this webcast could be for you.

If you’re interested, head on over to this page on The Register, register (sorry!) and enjoy!  It takes place on the 21st January, at 11am GMT.