Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Your name: James Hunter-Paterson
Company name: Active-Office Systems Ltd
Your geographic location (country): UK
Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? (Yes or No) YES
Objectives of the project: What problem did you set out to solve? To establish opportunities to host a client’s entire IT infrastructure using Hyper-V and RDS
Are you piloting or deploying the products? We are in Pilot Stage at the moment.
Products used in the project (all that apply): Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, RDS, Forefront TMG
Project description: We developed a virtualization platform using Hyper-V to host multiple tenants in secure virtual containers. Using these containers we could deploy RDS to allow the hosting of a client’s entire IT infrastructure in our virtual environment accessed via a Remote Desktop or Remote App session. This solution allowed for the flexibility we required in terms of deploying modular blocks of storage, processor and RAM to host multiple virtual servers for SMB customers. Using the Momentum program we were able to successfully complete our POC testing and establish we can deliver enterprise grade security and remote access technology at a price point suitable for the SMB. This allows us to take care of the complexity of running the technology and allows the client to concentrate on consuming the service anyplace, anytime, anywhere.
Were the objective stated at the beginning satisfied? Did you solve the problem? Yes
Are you going to save money? How much over how many years? Yes, difficult to quantify at this stage, but reduced hardware, power and cooling will definitely be achieved driving our datacenter costs and final sales price.
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum program? Would you have done this project without the IT Pro Momentum program? Great experience having access to the technology.