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Municipality Virtualizes Data Center to Lower Costs and Expand Services

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Executive Summary

Slough Borough Council (Slough BC), the governing authority for the borough of Slough, England, needed to expand its municipal services but faced data center space and power constraints for servers and storage resources. Slough BC has used the Windows Server 2008 Datacenter operating system and Hyper-V virtualization technology to reduce its physical server count so it can accommodate new servers in support of new municipal services. Using Hyper-V technology, Slough BC has reduced data center costs, repurposed power capacity to install a larger storage area network, and improved its disaster readiness. Virtual machine performance has been exceptional, and CPU utilization is much higher with multiple virtual machines on a single host.

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