Server and Tools Business Division: Microsoft China Microsoft Right-Sizes Its Private Cloud, Saves $3 Million and 9,000 Tons of Carbon Emissions
In the Server and Tools Business division at Microsoft in China, the decentralized server infrastructure, which was used by 10 product teams, had grown to more than 800 physical servers - most of which were under-utilized - in just two years. The Server and Tools Business team decided to move to a private cloud infrastructure built on the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system with Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center products. By the end of 2010, the team had more than 1,500 physical servers, 413 of which were hosts running 5,417 virtual machines. With its private cloud infrastructure, the team increased its server utilization by 80 percent, reduced the time that engineers spent on maintenance tasks by 70 percent, and saved U.S.$3,150,000.