Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Your geographic location (country): USA
Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? No
Objectives of the project: What problem did you set out to solve? Too many of our servers are running at poor utilization. Whether it be to many server roles on one hardware device or lack of disk space due to improper partitioning.
Are you piloting or deploying the products? We are piloting, but I am hoping this project will go live in the future.
Products used in the project (all that apply): We used Server 2008 and Hyper-V
Project description: Our goal was take the physical servers that we already have and load them up with virtual machines to replace the OS being installed directly to the device. In theory this would give us more available server space and more utilization on the servers (many of ours only run at around 8% utilization during busy days). We have 14 servers and were hoping to clear up at least 3-4 of them to be available for redundancy.
Were the objective stated at the beginning satisfied? This still hasn’t gone live, but our test environment indicates that this situation is going to work out very well. I am excited for the project.
Are you going to save money? We will certainly save money, but I’m not sure exactly how much. The biggest savings we will get are in the prevention of having to buy a new server every 6 months.
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum program? Would you have done this project without the IT Pro Momentum program? I can honestly say we probably would not have started this project without the help of the IT Pro Momentum program. The trials we received of the software were indispensable in our efforts to get this rolling. It would probably have been another couple of years before we got anywhere with this otherwise. I do have to admit that I did not dig deep enough into the momentum community. There is a huge wealth of knowledge there that we did not tap enough. As the project continues I look forward to getting some opinions from other people on their experiences in doing this. Overall the program has been a huge help in our implementation of this project. We are greatly appreciative.