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School District Uses Virtualization to Improve IT and Cut Costs During Budget Crisis

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Executive Summary

Volusia County Schools serves residents on east coast of Central Florida. To reduce costs, school district's IT department wanted to cut its server acquisition rate and consolidate existing servers - while continuing efforts to improve the quality of education. The department used Windows Server 2008 Enterprise operating system with Hyper-V virtualization technology to consolidate 70 servers to 6, a 90 percent reduction. It also uses Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 for easier server management. With Hyper-V, the district centralized its servers and expects to reduce server acquisition by about 80 percent annually. Most importantly, the IT department improved business continuity and its ability to deliver new applications to students and staff in less time, at a fraction of cost it took to deploy them on dedicated physical servers.

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