Throughout the Hyper-V release cycle, from pre-beta, through to RTM, there were a number of customers who wanted to embrace the technology early, and be supported by Microsoft whilst doing so. This support was provided through our Rapid Deployment Programme, and Perth and Kinross Council (along with their Partner, Charteris), up in Scotland, were one of the customers who were involved.
In a nutshell, the council wanted to save money (doesn’t everybody!) by halting server proliferation and reducing electricity consumption in its data centres while continuing to support e-government services delivery to citizens. I’d say that this is a pretty familiar scenario for anyone thinking about going down the virtualisation route, on the server side.
Now, as a result of embracing the Hyper-V technology, as part of Windows Server 2008,
“The council forecasts that in the first year it will save £100,000 compared to the cost of buying new physical servers. Its carbon footprint has improved with annual power savings of 350,000 kilowatt hours of electricity equating to an annual cost saving of £26,000 and 151 tonnes less in carbon dioxide emissions from April 2009.”
This is top stuff, and this is just one example of cost savings that virtualisation, as a technology, whether it’s Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, or whoever, can bring. £26k annually in power savings is a big saving, and better still, the carbon footprint is heavily reduced.
In terms of other summarised benefits:
Perth and Kinross have also embraced the recently released System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, which “provides technicians with a centralised view of all virtual machines in the data centre landscape. This has helped ensure better business continuity for the council’s services. Wilson adds: “We have only had one failover so far and that was quickly rectified. We can make better use of our server resources without any disturbance to council employees. Specialised training also isn’t an issue with Microsoft technologies because we have plenty of skilled staff.”
I think the point made about training is an interesting one. The tools that ship around Hyper-V are intuitive, familiar, and yet powerful and extensible under the covers, providing a fantastic platform for Partners and Customers alike.
You can read the whole case study here: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000003241
I always learn something new from your post!Great article. I wish I could write so well.