The Co-Operative Group: Retailer to Save More Than $3 Million Annually, Boost Reliability With Virtualization
The Co-operative Group is a diversified, consumer-owned organization that boasts some of the largest retail businesses in the United Kingdom. A planned September 2012 move to a new, environmentally sustainable building spurred the need for a more energy-efficient, agile, and reliable IT infrastructure. By using Microsoft Application Virtualization, Hyper-V virtualization technology, and Citrix XenDesktop to create a virtual desktop environment, the Group is enabling flexible work practices and contributing to a 35 percent reduction in carbon emissions. It expects to save more than ?1.9 million (U.S.$3 million) annually on electricity and desktop support costs. IT will speed application updates and improve control over its computers while ensuring that the company's disaster recovery site always has the latest desktop images.