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NEWS! Microsoft's New Virtualization Service Offering - Server Virtualization with Advanced Management

NEWS! Microsoft's New Virtualization Service Offering - Server Virtualization with Advanced Management

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The Microsoft Services team has announced the brand new service offering that will help customers like you quickly assess, plan and deply Hyper-V virtualization.  Check out the information below and download the Microsoft Service offering brochure.  See also today's PressPass press release on virtualization news here.

The Microsoft® Services Server Virtualization with Advanced Management Offering helps you maximize the value of your physical and virtual server infrastructure investments by providing a proven methodology, best practices, and the highest level of expertise in the industry. This offering uses Hyper-V™ virtualization technology within the Windows Server® 2008 operating system, as well as Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, to help you take full advantage of server virtualization including third-party virtualization solutions.

This offering can help you to:

  • Decrease hardware, space, and utilities costs through server consolidation and centralized management of physical and virtual server assets
  • Drive greater IT operating efficiency through managed virtualization, helping to maximize system availability and increase operational agility
  • Dynamically allocate resources and streamline workload provisioning
  • Receive the highest level of expertise in planning, deploying, and optimizing a virtualization infrastructure

Engagement Overview

This engagement includes the following key deliverables:

  • Use of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (get download MAP Toolkit or read more) to review the server infrastructure and determine virtualization candidates
  • Report of potential savings that includes the cost of capital, power, cooling, and space
  • Proof of Concept implementation
  • Architecture, design, deployment, and migration guidance detailing the proposed virtualization solution
  • Implementation of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008
  • Detailed guidance on managing third-party hypervisors and guest operating systems
  • Operational guidance to help get the best value out of the solution after it has been deployed
  • Implementation of the plan created during the Planning and Architecture phase
  • A virtual infrastructure that emulates a much larger physical infrastructure
  • Yesterday, Microsoft announced the release of the no-cost hypervisor, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008.

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