I've been away on vacation this month so it's been a while since I posted, but I wanted to share the story of a Fortune 500 customer I just came across that really helps demonstrate the potential savings of Microsoft virtualization over competitive offerings.

CH2M HILL is a Fortune 500 company and global leader in full-service engineering, consulting, construction, and operations management services.  In a recently published case study, the company talks about how they were looking for ways of reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. One of the things they looked at was their virtualization technology, which was VMware at the time.  Needing a more cost effective virtualization solution, CH2M HILL began investigating the alternatives.  Following a head-to-head test, they chose the Microsoft virtualization solutions, including Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and the System Center offerings such as System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

They expect to save over $3 million over the next three to five years by making this switch.  In their own words:

"The company was cutting costs across the board, and we wanted to push forward with virtualizing more servers, especially in our field offices, but we just couldn't do it with VMware," said Greg Barton, senior analyst, Enterprise Systems Group, CH2M HILL. "By switching to Microsoft from VMware, we will save $280,000 in software fees. Plus, we can now afford to tackle our 600 field servers and are aiming to virtualize 20 percent of these computers each year. At $5,000 a server, that's a savings of $3 million over the next three to five years."

They're also seeing benefits from the reduction in time that their IT staff needs to spend on day to day tasks, freeing them up for more mission critical tasks and forward planning.

You can read CH2M HILL's full case study and also find more details at this site.  If you'd like to see the benefits and savings that other customers are experiencing you can find additional information at the Microsoft virtualization site and also in various case studies for customers that have also switched to Microsoft's virtualization offerings.