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Realizing the ROI of Microsoft Virtualization Solutions and How to Start

Realizing the ROI of Microsoft Virtualization Solutions and How to Start

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Reference: Microsoft virtualization cost saving whitepaper, the ROI tool and training

The referenced white paper presents case studies of Microsoft customers including:

  Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Costco Wholesale Corp
  Saint Raphael Healthcare System Slough Borough Council
  Saxo Bank WorleyParsons
  TALX AspenTech
  HotSchedules Banverket ICT
  Slough Borough Council Maxol
  MaximumASP Mantrac
  Kentucky Department of Education Hostbasket
  Banque de Luxembourg The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  California State University Jackson Energy Authority
  Kent School District Bouygues Construction
  Volusia County Schools Mamut

and examines how virtualization technology simplifies their IT infrastructure, streamlines IT processes, and ultimately reduces the total cost of ownership. Also included is information based on Microsoft's experience as below:

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In my view, strategies in general to relatively quickly reduce IT infrastructure and support costs with virtualization solutions are, not in a particular order, to:

To transform existing IT into a hybrid environment mixed with physical and virtualized computing resources, server virtualization (i.e. server consolidation) often is where it starts. Running multiple instances in a single physical machine is not a new concept and many of us have already experienced with some host virtualization solutions like Virtual PC and Virtual Server.

To realize what your organization can benefit from Microsoft virtualization solutions,

Essentially, first identify your best candidates for server consolidation with this free downloadable tool, Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Solution Accelerator. With its agent-less inventory, performance data gathering, and auto-generated proposal and report generation capabilities, MAP lets you conduct network-wide readiness assessments so you can quickly and efficiently determine the right servers to target for Hyper-V. After determined how many servers to consolidate, you can use the free Microsoft HyperGreen Tool to figure out how much energy you’ll save and the environmental impact of those savings. Simply plug in the number of servers you are going to consolidate, and HyperGreen generates a report detailing your reductions in kilowatts, money and CO2 emissions. And use the Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI Tool to estimate your return on investment in Microsoft virtualization solutions, including server, desktop and management. As our customers have shown, the results can be transformational.

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