Virtualized Environments Using Microsoft Virtual Server and NetApp

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Executive Summary

Virtualization provides many benefits, including stretching the IT budget, getting more out of hardware, and increasing efficiency. Through combining the storage power of NetApp, the virtualization technology of Microsoft, and the know-how of Avanade, the custom application development space has been completely revolutionized by virtualization. By incorporating virtualization processes defined by Avanade, NetApp technologies, and Microsoft Virtual Server, custom application development storage requirements can be reduced up to 60%7 and the time to duplicate virtual machines can be reduced up to 84%8. However, the processes outlined are not limited to Microsoft Virtual Server; they can be extended to other virtualization technologies, including VMware, because all of the processes are based around the NetApp storage systems instead of the virtualization software layer.

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