IT Pro Momentum

Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? (Yes or No) No

Objectives of the project:  What problem did you set out to solve? Solve inefficiencies and improve our virtualized server and VDI  environments.

Are you piloting or deploying the products?  Piloting now in our test lab. I do plan to deploy, but due diligence requires a POC for each.

Products used in the project (all that apply):  Hyper-V (vs Xenserver and ESX) and Windows 7 (VDI)

Project description: The project is based around determining which product can help us resolve existing issues within our server virtualization environment and provide us the best one going forward. Honestly, Hyper-V has lagged behind the competition in our scenarios, but may see improvement once R2 becomes reality (our POC guidelines do not allow us to POC beta products). As for VDI, we have implemented a new solution and are attempting to determine the best way to deliver Windows 7 to our user base.

Were the objective stated at the beginning satisfied?  Did you solve the problem? Most of the existing issues have been resolved with the products mentioned.

Are you going to save money?  How much over how many years? That is yet to be determined as we are having a hard time identifying the “true” costs associated with Hyper-V, specifically towards the management applications. As for Windows 7, we do not know what that cost is yet.

What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum program?  Would you have done this project without the IT Pro Momentum program? Any suggestions for improvements are appreciated.  I think the program is wonderful! I admit that we would have done the project anyways, as we have an EA and have access to all of the bits and information already. The Technet subscription was great, but I already have one along with an MSDN account. For companies that don’t have that luxury, it is a nice incentive to participate.

I believe a program like this has real value in getting closer to the IT folks that do the actual testing and evaluations, especially smaller to mid-sized companies that may not have all the resources available to launch projects such as this. Keep up the great work – this is definitely a feather in the Microsoft hat for me.