Virtualization

Northwest Savings Bank: Bank Gains 100 Percent Reliability, Estimates Cost Reductions of 44 Percent, With Virtualization

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Executive Summary

Northwest Savings Bank transformed its IT infrastructure, formerly centered on an IBM iSeries system, to one centered on servers that run the Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) operating system. It soon realized that, with servers based on Windows servers playing a greater role in the infrastructure, it needed those servers to provide better disaster recovery, greater reliability, more manageability, and lower costs than were necessary when PCs functioned mostly as terminals for the iSeries. By adopting the Hyper-V technology in Windows Server 2008, along with Microsoft System Center management tools, the bank has gained 100 percent system reliability, a 93 percent reduction in the time required to configure new servers, 25 percent faster time-to-market for new applications.

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