Virtualization in the GFO Data Center
The GFO ('GemeinnUtzige Gesellschaft der Franziskanerinnen zu Olpe', Non-profit organization of the Franciscan Sisters at Olpe) is an association of social and Charitable institutions in North Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It encompasses over 30 organizations (currently twelve hospitals, retirement homes, and child and youth care institutions) with more than 6.000 employees. GFO wanted to have cost savings on hardware, electricity, cooling and development of a simple, high-availability server landscape. The challenge was to reduce in administrative complexity. The GFO deployed 66% of servers were virtualized, savings of ?13,000 per year on electricity and cooling costs.