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Announcing a Summit on Desktop Virtualization

Merit Network is pleased to announce “Desktop Virtualization: A Summit for Decision-Makers,” a one-day event on the current state, potential rewards and ongoing challenges of desktop virtualization. The summit will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

The summit has been designed to meet the needs of decision-makers who select technologies for their organizations. Chief technology officers, managers who select IT solutions and products, and others with active roles in virtualization and desktop strategies will benefit from attending. The agenda will especially emphasize the needs of educational, non-profit and government organizations. Registration is available now at:

Desktop virtualization holds the promise of improving computing performance for end-users while making the task of providing and maintaining desktops significantly more efficient. As with server and storage virtualization, desktop virtualization offers a vision of improved services through increased centralization and maximized utilization of resources. Implementation and financial aspects are challenging, though, and the technology is young enough that that organizations still have a great deal to learn as they seek reliable solutions.

The summit on December 1 is an opportunity to learn from experts, hear from your peers and share your own desktop virtualization experience and insights. The event will emphasize stories of real-life implementations (successful and unsuccessful), roundtable discussion, and the opportunity to learn about effective products and services.

This summit is made possible by the contributions of the Merit Community Supporter organizations. Other organizations interested in supporting the event may contact [email protected] for more information.

Location, times and registration

Desktop Virtualization: A Summit for Decision Makers will be held at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. The agenda will begin with continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m., with presentations from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration for individuals from Merit Member organizations is $59 per attendee. Attendees from organizations that are not Merit Members may attend for $79. Registration includes breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks.

Registration is available online, and payment can be made by credit card, check, or purchase order. Register now by using the following link:

For more information please contact [email protected]