Date Added: Aug 2009
Undertaken for IT Managers and Business Decision Makers, this case study discusses the various principles and techniques that the reader can use to manage deployment and operations risk within any organization. Also, the design considerations of virtualization taken up in the paper can be applied to almost any enterprise-scale IT environment that make use of Microsoft products. This paper talks about Microsoft China Research and Development (R&D) group, its problems and the solutions offered thereon. The company developed and tested technologies for various clients. This resulted in rapid increase in number of applications and servers in use, which posed many challenges. Among them were how to effectively run datacenters, consolidate servers to reduce costs and ensure the stability of desktop computers and servers simultaneously. In a nut shell, the company was in need of streamlining the management of applications and servers. Microsoft China Research and Development group installed Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, Hyper-V technology in Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager to consolidate the data center while saving resources for further development. This enhanced company's efficiency and as a result the IT engineers were able to build a unified, centralized, easy-to-use data-center infrastructure, which ensures that all project requirements were met on time. The paper also writes about the benefits that company gained through deployment of virtualization technology.