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This press release was originally published by Surgient through PRNewswire
on May 24, 2006 and is available online here.

Surgient Senior Architects Draw on Virtualization Expertise to Author Advanced Server Virtualization Book

Reinforces Surgient's Experience as a Virtualization Industry Leader

AUSTIN, Texas, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Surgient, the leader in on-demand virtual lab applications for automating software demo, test and training labs, announced today that David Marshall and Wade Reynolds, Surgient employees and senior architects, have authored a book entitled: Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center. The book, just released by Taylor & Francis/CRC Press (Auerbach Publications), describes advanced techniques for evaluating, implementing and managing virtual infrastructure in enterprise data center environments.

"We are thrilled that our employees bring this level of value not only to our customers, but to the market as a whole," said Bill Daniel, president and CEO of Surgient. "The quality and expertise of our employees is unmatched in the industry."

Drawing on their extensive experience with server virtualization, Marshall and Reynolds explain virtualization technology concepts in relation to traditional computing environments, including:

  • Use cases for server virtualization are presented along with detailed best practices
  • In-depth coverage of the three leading server virtualization platforms for Intel-based architectures:
    • Microsoft Virtual Server
    • VMware ESX Server
    • VMware GSX Server
  • Information about scoping, sizing, choosing a virtualization platform and hardware for your virtualization projects
  • Advanced topics:
    • Image management and cloning
    • Backup and restore
    • Clustering
  • Related tools and technologies

Surgient staff have been working with server virtualization products since 2000, as the first beta licensee of VMware ESX Server and worked closely with the team at Connectix (acquired by Microsoft) to help them define the management interfaces for what is now Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. Surgient operates a data center that currently has over 6000 virtual servers that have, to-date, delivered over 500,000 virtual lab environments on-demand.

For more information on the book, or to purchase a copy, please visit

About the Authors

David Marshall is a senior member of the reference architecture team at Surgient specializing in server virtualization, virtualization applications and Windows administration. He also edits the InfoWorld Virtualization Report (, as well as the Virtualization News Blog (

Wade A. Reynolds is a senior architect at Surgient specializing in server virtualization, enterprise software development and database systems. Both are Microsoft Certified Professionals with extensive experience architecting and implementing advanced data center solutions using virtual infrastructure.

About Surgient

Surgient puts virtualization technology to work for the world's largest independent software vendors (ISV's) and Global 2000 organizations. The first company to provide virtualization applications that automate the deployment and teardown of complex enterprise software environments or "virtual labs," Surgient's award-winning virtual lab applications enable end users to provision needed computing resources on-demand for business-critical initiatives such as software QA/Test, Training, Sales and Marketing. With more than 500,000 virtual labs delivered to-date, Surgient enables companies such as Business Objects, EMC, Mercury Interactive, Microsoft, Siebel Systems, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Symantec to dramatically accelerate the software application delivery lifecycle, reduce operating costs, increase productivity and enable IT to better align with business priorities. Surgient partners with leading technology companies including EMC/VMware, Microsoft, Mercury Interactive, Saba / Centra, ViewCentral and WebEx Communications. Surgient is a private, venture-backed company based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit

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Susannah Kirksey - Surgient

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