Whitireia Community Polytechnic (Whitireia New Zealand) is a government owned and funded tertiary institute of technology, known for its high student success rate and culturally diverse student body with approximately 10,000 users.

The Polytechnic compared the licensed VMWare and Microsoft virtualized platforms before deciding to go with Microsoft, the decision based on greater functionality, ease of use, lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and the IT team’s preference.

Windows Server 2008 R2 was rolled out across the organization so it could support the Hyper-V platform. This was comprised of 34 physical servers and 140 virtual hosts. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Exchange 2010, System Centre Operations Manager 2007, Systems Centre Virtual Manager 2008 R2, SharePoint 2010, Forefront Identity Manager 2007 and Microsoft Line-of-Business (LOB) Applications were also deployed.

Read the full caste study here http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Windows-Server-2008-R2/Whitireia-Community-Polytechnic/Education-provider-significantly-reduces-costs-with-Virtualization-Platform/4000009929