Publisher Virtualizes Systems, Cuts Servers by a Third, Reduces Staff Costs by $83,000 Annually

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Executive Summary

Richard Anderson is out to forge a new communications model that transforms community newspaper companies into virtual neighborhood companies. Anderson is Chief Executive Officer of VillageSoup, a software company in Maine. As the company grew through acquisitions, technology issues consumed ever more time. Anderson used Microsoft virtualization technology to reduce the company's server count by one-third, avoiding new hardware costs of roughly U.S.$25,000 and IT labor costs of about $83,000 annually. Anderson can now hire more talent to grow the business. Also, improved server reliability increases staff productivity.

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