Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Country: United States (Tennessee)
Public Disclosure of your name and Company name allowed? No
Objectives of the project: We evaluated Hyper-V and SCVMM as a viable enterprise-level virtualization solution to run some critical machines and reduce TCO.
Are you piloting or deploying the products?: Yes, we have purchased SCVMM (and some other tools ,too) and will soon be rolling out a Hyper-V infrastructure. Consisting of Hyper-V Failover Clustering and some other Hyper-V standalone hosts.
Products used in project: Windows Server 2008, HyperV Server, SCVMM
Project Description: As an underfunded public institution we needed a cost effective, yet reliable, solution to hosting several new services we are bringing online. With dozens of physical sites and low budgets for purchasing additional servers, we decided to pursue virtualization. After meeting with reps for VMWare and Citrix (XenServer), we decided to also look at Hyper-V. Although still in its infancy, Hyper-V offers most of the features we were after and the ones it did not have will be released in R2 version. It was also cost effective due to the affordable price of SCVMM and discounts associated with our type of institution.
Were the objectives stated at the beginning satisfied?: Yes, we will be rolling out Server 2008 w/ Hyper V
Are you going to be saving money?: Yes. Its difficult to pinpoint an exact number, but using virtualization allowed us to purchase many fewer physical machines as well as provided another reason to purchase storage appliances and put our money where it needed to be spent.
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum Program? Love it! It’s a fantastic idea and I have to say that it definitely helped us test these products with ease, considering all of the information, tools and software at our fingertips to test with. Thanks Microsoft.