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When Florida Atlantic University (FAU) hit its third round of state-level budget cuts, it knew that it had to fundamentally change the way it delivered IT services. Servers were consuming valuable funds and data center space, yet the staff needed to replace older hardware and boost the performance of its critical Blackboard curriculum management application. The only way to accomplish all this was to use virtualization, which FAU implemented by using Hyper-V technology in the Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise operating system with Service Pack 1. By using Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V, FAU is able to run Blackboard on the Linux operating system and improve performance. It has also been able to reduce costs by U.S.$600,000 and expanded services with no increase in staff.
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