Northern Ireland Water: Utility Virtualizes 80 Percent of Infrastructure While Doubling Server Capacity
When Northern Ireland Water needed to relocate its data center, it decided to use an existing building that it owned, instead of renting server space. Although Northern Ireland Water had some experience with VMware, the company decided to virtualize its infrastructure using Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V technology and now has a server infrastructure composed of 24 physical servers and 125 virtual machines, which it is in the process of expanding to 44 servers and up to 275 virtual machines. By adopting a virtualization strategy, the company increased server utilization from less than 5 percent to almost 60 percent and improved the way it delivers IT services. It also reduced the costs associated with space, energy, and hardware.