Momentum – Project Wisdom from the Field on Hyper-V (Interview Bob Borges) Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 is Awesome!

Momentum - Bay State Technology - Windows 2008 and Hyper-V

Your name: Bob Borges

Company name: Bay State Integrated Technology, Inc.

Your geographic location (country): USA

Project Name/Description: Deploy Server 2008 and Hyper-V - Replace VMWare and Virtual Server

Objectives of the project: Improve performance, Improve ease of use, Replace physical boxes with Virtual machines.

Are you piloting or deploying the products: Deploying

Products used in project: Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V

Were the objectives stated at the beginning satisfied. Yes

Are you going to be saving money? Yes, we were at a point were we had to recycle / decommission some physical servers and wanted to replace them with fewer servers. We saved money on not only the hardware but also on power, cooling and even floor space. With this initial project, we completely eliminated an entire rack and have extra space available for growth in the remaining racks as well. We were at a point where our cooling system needed to be upgraded and virtualizing more of our servers allowed us to limit the size and subsequently cost of the new cooling system.  Additionally, we saved much money on cost of purchasing software maintenance for our VMWare servers. 

What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum Program? It is new to me but it is very nice. I love the fact that you can submit an issue and get directed to someone that can help me. It is great for non-urgent high level understanding of how things work within the product.

What do you think about the product? Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 is Awesome! It is very fast and efficient. It utilizes resources very efficiently. It is very easy to use and easy to manage. Migration between servers is still a bit of a challenge. We are deploying SCVMM to try to eliminate some of those problems.

Anything else you care to share? We can handle many more servers on a physical box than we could with other virtualization software on the same box. We have now completely removed all VMWare products from our organization and we only have a couple Virtual Server 2005 R2 machines remaining. We will replace those at our next server refresh next year.  Hopefully, by the time that happens Windows Server 2008 R2 will be out and we can do the refresh with the later version that supports live migration.

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