ACP’s New International Partners

ACP World Map

The last few months have been very busy for the ACP International team. The period between March and May has seen four new distributors begin working with ACP to promote and support ThinManager solutions in over a dozen countries.

We’d like to welcome the following new distributors to the ACP family!

  • Klinkmann Automation (Wonderware Finland)

Wonderware Finland (Klinkmann Automation) is already a familiar name to many of our customers who do business in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Wonderware Finland will represent ACP not only in Finland, but as Wonderware Russia they will be able to provide much needed support and sales to a large clientele base in the former Soviet Union. As Klinkmann, they also have offices and will represent ACP in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine. During their current Russian roadshow, Klinkmann have been showing the benefits of ThinManager to interested clients in all major cities.

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Virtualization Basics Part 2

Beginning a Server Virtualization Project

In Part 1 of this series we discussed the four types of virtualization—application, desktop, server and storage virtualization. In this article we plan to focus specifically on server virtualization. While this article will look at virtualization in a general sense, we will link VMware’s terminology for virtual environments, since they are perhaps the most well-known of the virtualization platforms available, to some of the generic terms for those components.

Server virtualization is perhaps the best place to start when beginning a virtualization project. There are many reasons for this but one of the most important would be that it is a bit easier, and less costly than the other forms of virtualization. It is easier because IT can maintain complete control over the aspects of the changeover without disrupting end users.  Server Virtualization is less costly because you are consolidating hardware. Less hardware not only reduces physical overhead but also reduces the time that will be spent maintaining and upgrading the physical devices. It typically will mean that you simply repurpose the servers you have to handle the load or work of multiple servers.

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