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Another Great Dynamics NAV 2009 on Hyper-V Case Study…

Another Great Dynamics NAV 2009 on Hyper-V Case Study…

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Hot on the heels of a recent post around running Dynamics on Hyper-V, Liam from Technology Management wanted to make me aware of another case study, again, focused on Dynamics NAV 2009, with security systems manufacturer, Fortress Interlocks.  In this case study, the savings made through the solution saved the company £70k, and at the same time, will give them a capability to double productivity of their employees.  At the time, this was the UK’s first deployment of NAV 2009, on WS2008 Hyper-V (pre-R2).

In early 2008, Golding and his IT team started working with Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Technology Management to help choose and deploy a solution that could meet the company’s needs. After evaluating all the leading products on the market, they chose Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 business management software. Golding says: “Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 satisfied all our requirements, and, as it’s produced by Microsoft, it had long-term commercial viability and support. Also, it operates on the Windows user interface, which is intuitive and familiar, reducing the amount of training employees need.”

Once the decision to deploy Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 was taken, Fortress Interlocks and Technology Management wanted to make sure the system had high availability for its users. Virtualisation technology was regarded as the best way to achieve this because a number of virtual servers can be running to support the primary server if that fails. However, this option seemed too expensive.

Golding says: “We initially considered VMware technology, but it was too expensive for our organisation. We then became aware of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Hyper-V. We researched it further and found it could offer us a similar service but at a much reduced price.”

Despite it being the first ever U.K. implementation of Hyper-V for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, Technology Management built the environment in less than 10 days, with the project going live on time and within budget. By connecting new Citrix servers running on Windows Server 2008, the company’s overseas offices can also access the business management solution, giving Golding complete visibility of all his departments.

Read the whole story here.

  • "We researched it further and found it could offer us a similar service but at a much reduced price.”

    VMWARE ESX and Hyper-V are not the same service at all !!!

    They are not the same level of product maturity, not the same level of features either ! How can you possibly compare the years of production use of VMWARE and Hyper-V?

    a very unfortunate comparison indeed.


  • Hi Michael,

    Firstly, thanks for taking the time to comment, however, I think you're midinterpreting what the statement is saying.  Let's look at this a different way.

    If I wrote down every feature of ESX, next to Hyper-V, admittedly, there would be more features (and maturity) on the ESX side.  If we raised it up a level, and wrote down all the features of vSphere, and Hyper-V/System Center, there would be lots and lots of features, some the same, many different, on either side of the fence.  If I'm a customer however, I may not be interested in some of the features of ESX/vSphere, and at the same time, I may not be interested in some of the features of System Center.  I have a list of my requirements, and I choose a platform (after evaluation) that meets those requirements.  In this case, Hyper-V gave them the services they required, that ESX could also have provided, yet at a reduced cost.  Note, they considered VMware technologies, and rightly so, however, it was too expensive for them.  So, not an unfortunate comparison, but actually, a realistic comparison that many organisations in today's economy face.



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