Virtualization

Auto Data Firm Virtualizes Servers to Trim Time-to-Market, Cut Costs by $300,000

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Executive Summary

R.L. Polk provides marketing data and services to the auto industry in the form of subscription-based software applications hosted in R.L. Polk data centers. Getting new applications and services to market quickly and serving new customers requires rapid server provisioning. To speed server rollout and reduce burgeoning hardware and management costs, R.L. Polk deployed Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V technology and Microsoft System Center data center solutions. The company has reduced server deployment time by 90 percent, which improves business agility and IT staff productivity. By eliminating 80 physical servers, Polk saved U.S.$300,000 in hardware-related costs. Using Microsoft software, Polk has been able to reduce its IT staff while growing data center capacity 30 percent annually, and has also improved server and application availability.

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