Omantel: Telecom Reduces Server Costs While Speeding Server Provisioning With Virtualization
Omantel experienced growth across its services offerings since 2008. As a result, the demand for IT projects was at an all-time high, but its data center was at its physical capacity, and it took weeks for the IT department to provision servers. Omantel implemented the Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise operating system with Hyper-V technology and consolidated its servers by putting 10 virtual machines on each physical host. It implemented the Microsoft System Center suite of products to manage its infrastructure, and it plans to introduce a cost model wherein the IT department charges business groups for services - core components for a private cloud infrastructure. As a result, Omantel reduced its dependency on hardware, thereby helping the company to reduce costs, improve disaster recovery, and improve business continuity.