November 17, 2008
REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 17 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced expanded product, sales and services initiatives with HP aimed at helping businesses more easily adopt and deploy virtualization to help lower information technology (IT) costs and make IT more efficient. Microsoft has expanded its work together with HP to sell and market storage, server and networking consolidation solutions and desktop virtualization solutions to small-, medium-sized- and large-business customers worldwide.
Today's announcements include the following:
"Microsoft and HP are working together to help customers obtain more value from their Microsoft virtualization software, HP services and infrastructure offerings," said Zane Adam, senior director of integrated virtualization in the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. "Customers and partners are responding well to the clear benefits of the joint solutions and initiatives for desktop and datacenter virtualization and holistic management. This response is evident at customers such as MLS Property Information Network among many others, and our initiatives will fuel continued value for new customers."
MLS Property Information Network Inc. is the largest multiple listing service in New England, serving more than 30,000 real estate professionals with a database of nearly 60,000 active listings. Keeping its Web servers up and running is thus a business-critical goal. The company decided to replace its 60 stand-alone servers with 20 clustered servers supporting dozens of virtual machines that run Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V on HP ProLiant servers and HP Insight Software. At the same time, the company replaced its storage infrastructure with a Sanbolic Melio FS clustered file system that provides Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) storage using a 10-gigabit Ethernet connection at a substantial cost savings compared with fiber channel storage.
"Virtualization frees the business to grow. We have been able to achieve a dynamic IT infrastructure and can almost double computing capacity on demand across the enterprise, which is huge," said Matt Lavallee, director of technology at MLS Property Information Network. "We've been able to consolidate our infrastructure by 60 percent, and we've been able to reduce operational costs by 30 percent, which maximizes value for our shareholders."
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