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Expanding and Virtualizing an IBM Shop

Say “Cheese!” For a Midwestern cheese manufacturer and packer, company growth is reason to smile. They recently opened a new facility, which required a significant investment in their IT infrastructure.

Already an IBM shop, the client reached out to MicroAge solutions expert Bryan Allan to help them put together a 10-server data center for the new facility, as well as a virtualization plan.

Once he started working with the CIO, Bryan recognized that his client had limited staffing resources. “Even though they have 10,000 employees, their IT department is really quite small,” he explains. “That’s why he relies on MicroAge and our resources to help implement projects.”

Like many organizations, Bryan’s client is exploring virtualization. So, in addition to the IBM BladeCenter S and BladeCenter H servers, Bryan secured VMware vSphere software for virtualization. The solution also included a service package from IBM to ensure the client would have the manpower he needed should he encounter any challenges during deployment and beyond.

As the client continues to move toward a virtualized environment, Bryan is helping them upgrade their information technology. With 13 years of industry experience, his understanding of storage and the products was a great help to his client.

“This client was looking for a partner like MicroAge with our kind of expertise,” he says. “I’m able to provide more than just a quote. I am someone who can be a part of his team when he needs a resource. I’m also looking out for his best interests, making recommendations that will help him achieve his IT goals.”

Want Bryan to be a part of your team? Contact him at 480-366-2136 or

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