Virtualization

Duff & Phelps: Financial Firm Speeds Acquisitions by 75 Percent, Trims $1.5 Million With Hyper-V

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Executive Summary

Duff & Phelps, global financial advisor, enjoyed rapid growth but sought a faster and more cost-effective way to add the IT resources needed to support its growth. Its answer was to switch from VMware to Hyper-V technology in the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system and to virtualize more than 200 physical servers. Today, acquisitions are integrated into the Duff & Phelps IT landscape 75 percent faster, in days rather than weeks. Duff & Phelps has a more flexible data center and can deploy IT resources 10 times faster, which helps it roll out new services more quickly. It also saves money, realizing a cost avoidance of U.S.$1 million in hardware; $250,000 in server power, cooling, and housing.

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