Date Added: Aug 2009
Crutchfield sells consumer electronics through its mail-order catalog and its e-commerce Web site. The IT staff turned to virtualization to cut data center costs, improve IT staff productivity, and promote business agility. However, its VMware solution couldn't virtualize 64-bit operating systems, limiting server consolidation and the deployment of new software to development staff. Crutchfield opted not to spend approximately U.S.$44,000 to upgrade its VMware solution, instead deploying a cost-effective solution to achieve its goals - the Windows Server 2008 Datacenter operating system and the Hyper-V virtualization technology. Today, IT has cut data center heat output by 50 percent and reduced physical servers by 30 percent.