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Accounting and business advisory firm Tenon Group was looking to perk up the competence and cost-effectiveness of its primary data centre. Its centralized data centre in Milton Keynes, south-east England comprised 42 servers and storage running in a mixed environment. It also included various editions of the Windows, Linux, and UNIX operating systems. The escalating amount of hardware resulted in demanded greater power consumption and demanded more physical space. Many servers operated below optimum efficiency some running as low as at just 20 per cent capacity. Adopting a more strategic policy, Tenon Group decided to deploy Microsoft virtualization technology. In addition to Hyper-V, Tenon Group implemented System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. Their IT technicians now immediately oversee the RAM and processing speed of all host servers in production. They also provision new systems quickly from remote location and execute physical to virtual migrations of existing servers in the data centre. The deployment of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise operating system with its Hyper-V virtualization technology, and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 has helped the company to save almost ?100,000 (U.S. $159,000) in operational costs, better server utilization, and sustained the growth and development of the business. With the reduced number of administrative tasks to be performed, IT staff can now adopt a more strategic role in the organization.
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