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Great UK Case Study: Poundhost moves from VMware to Hyper-V R2

Great UK Case Study: Poundhost moves from VMware to Hyper-V R2

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“PoundHost is a fast-growing hosting service provider in Maidenhead, United Kingdom, that embraced server virtualization as a way to curb hardware costs and lower hosting prices. However, the high cost of VMware and lack of management tools hurt competitiveness. PoundHost replaced VMware with Windows Server® 2008 R2 Datacenter and Hyper-V™ technology to reduce licensing costs by 80 percent and add new services. Using Hyper-V in conjunction with Microsoft® System Center datacenter solutions, PoundHost now offers customized online ordering and delivers configured servers in less than an hour. Between a dramatic increase in virtual-machine sales and reduced licensing costs, PoundHost has increased profitability by 55 percent. Automated server provisioning has reduced IT costs by more than U.S.$50,000 annually, and proactive server monitoring increases server availability.”

I’m not going to say anything more about this case study, apart from the fact that you should spend 5 minutes reading it.  It isn’t the fact that they’ve moved from VMware to Hyper-V that I’m most pleased with, it’s the reason why they’ve moved, and what their new technologies, particularly System Center, is enabling them, as a business, to do, that they simply couldn’t do on the VMware side on it’s own:

“Once customers have completed their server configuration (through the online portal), the order is validated through the PoundHost billing system and passed to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. The PoundHost staff use the Windows® PowerShell™ command-line interface and scripting language to create scripts that automate the construction of the virtual machine to the customer’s exact specifications. Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 creates the virtual machine on the host server, and System Center Configuration Manager 2007 installs the operating system, configures the appropriate Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and installs the customer’s business software and all necessary security updates.

When the server is ready—in 20 to 60 minutes—System Center Configuration Manager 2007 notifies the PoundHost billing system, which sends the customer an e-mail message announcing that the server is ready. The message provides the IP address of the server, instructions on how to log on to the server, and support information. “When our virtual-server offerings were based on VMware, customers could only select prepackaged configurations because VMware didn’t have the back-end tools necessary to dynamically configure and build servers,” says Steve Belton, Software and Systems Architect for PoundHost and BlueSquare Data Group. “Once the customer’s order was submitted, we had to build the server manually. With Hyper-V, we can offer customers much greater flexibility, and the System Center solutions build the server automatically.”

Great stuff guys.

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