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Perth and Kinross Council wanted a more cost-effective delivery environment for its growing portfolio of citizen-centric services, some of which required multiple servers consuming large amounts of electricity. The council decided to evaluate a virtualisation strategy where multiple, software-based servers are stored on a single machine. It joined the rapid deployment programme for the Windows Server 2008 operating system with Hyper-V technology for a clustered virtualisation solution spanning its two main sites. The council forecasts that in the first year it will save ?100,000 (U.S.$152,000) compared to the cost of buying new physical servers.
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