Looks like many of you are saving big money with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. And today we announced that, on average, it's $470,000 per customer per year. Not bad at all and very gratifying to see. Here's just one example provided today:

Saxo Bank had an average physical server utilization of just 20 percent and was deploying nearly 200 new servers per year before using server virtualization. Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V allowed the bank to reduce the number of servers needed by 36 percent and realize savings equivalent to $1 million (U.S.), because of lower server hardware costs and associated reductions in space, power and cooling costs

Besides the words and all, another interesting part were the videos seen at the site. You can see/hear from Saxo Bank, Banverket, Rand Morimoto (who wrote a book on Hyper-V), and a video featuring Santa Barbara Web Hosting and Microsoft's Bob Muglia.

Colleagues over at Windows Virtualization team blog have blogged that Microsoft's virt/management stack is about 1/3 the cost of VMware's comparable stack. And who can forget how they let the chips fall in Vegas.

I can't wait to hear more from customers running Windows Server 2008 r2 Hyper-V, and from those using live migration with a free product like the standalone Hyper-V Server 2008 r2.

Here's a video on customers who are saving with virtualization:


Cost Savings with Microsoft Virtualization

Patrick O'Rourke