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NTUC Takes a First Step Towards Utility Computing Future With VMware Virtual Infrastructure, Saves Millions While Enhancing Service

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Executive Summary

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) is Singapore's largest a federation of trade unions, consisting of more than sixty unions, nine cooperatives, and six affiliated organizations. The IT department, which had not increased in team size, was responsible for 46 servers and more than 1,000 users from 29 organizations. The strain, as a result of the four-fold user increase, was considerable. To boot, NTUC's disaster-recovery setup needed improvement to shorten its recovery time. With the utility computing vision in mind, initially, NTUC attempted a traditional server consolidation approach of packing more applications onto a server. They moved five applications onto one server to try consolidating without using virtualization. This, unfortunately, only created new problems.

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