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hi5 Networks is a popular social media site focused on gaming. After six years of customization, the company's Java code base and Postgres databases were hard to manage, and the company's data center was packed with servers. To cut costs and increase efficiency, hi5 dropped Linux and moved the site to the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. It used the Hyper-V technology built into Windows Server 2008 to virtualize its data center, consolidating 420 physical servers to 140. This reduced data center costs by a factor of six and gave hi5 more agility in moving the company in new directions. Now, the development staff can deploy new servers in minutes rather than days and has more time to create new gaming services.
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