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Engineering firm CH2M HILL was an early user of virtualization software to lower server costs. However, when the global economy began to slump in 2007, the company sought a more cost-effective virtualization solution than VMware. It switched to the Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter operating system with Hyper-V virtualization technology, and also deployed Microsoft System Center data center solutions to simplify server management. With the switch to Hyper-V, CH2M HILL projects software savings of up to U.S.$280,000 over the next three to five years and hardware savings of up to $3 million by virtualizing field servers, which was cost-prohibitive with VMware. Additionally, the company foresees reducing server management work by 30 percent, giving staff more time to focus on strategic work.
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