Case Study: Hosting Provider Increases IT Efficiency and Agility with Software Upgrade

Fasthosts is a fast-growing UK hosting provider that has expanded due to its focus on offering better and more economical services than its competition. To continue to stay in front, Fasthosts is upgrading to Windows Server 2012. It will take advantage of new features, such as storage migration, Hyper-V Replica, and “shared nothing” live migration,…

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Fashion Retailer Saves $1.2 Million in First Year with Expanded Virtualized Environment

British fashion designer Paul Smith has a global network of retail outlets managed by 15 IT staff members in two data centers in the United Kingdom. It wanted to expand its virtualized environment and embrace cloud computing to further increase efficiencies and contain costs. It used Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V to virtualize business-critical applications—and…

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Tech Days Online - 24th April - 26th April - Speaker Announcements Part 1

With just over a week until Tech Days Online, we thought it was about time we started to let you know who was going to be presenting.  When the team sat down to pull the agenda together, we wanted an agenda that had Microsoft technical experts as well as technical experts with more of a “real-world”…

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Fancy a pizza? Domino’s Pizza to Switch 10,000 Store Servers to Hyper-V to Increase Reliability, Performance

Domino’s Pizza makes and delivers more than 1 million pizzas a day worldwide. Its store servers are critical to receiving orders, taking payments, scheduling staff, and every other aspect of store operation. The pizza giant plans to switch its 10,000 US store servers to the Hyper-V virtualization technology in Windows Server 2008 R2 to eliminate…

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Case Study: Cloud Provider Expands Business Model, Improves Services with Server Upgrade

Outsourcery To help change its business model from a traditional web hosting company to a cloud services provider, Outsourcery is taking advantage of the latest improvements in the Windows Server 2012 operating system and Hyper-V virtualization technology. No longer hampered by a four-core-per-virtual-machine limit, Outsourcery can accommodate partners and customers that demand high-performance virtual machines….

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Case Study: Unilever Transitions to Private Cloud, Expects to Double in Size without Increasing IT Costs

  Unilever has been hugely successful in selling personal care, homecare, and food products to billions of customers throughout the world—so successful that it expects to double in size in 10 years. To ensure that its IT organization could support this growth, Unilever worked with Avanade to migrate from VMware to Hyper-V technology in Windows…

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Case Study: EMI Exploits 'New World of Data' for Single View of Music Across 25 Countries

Record company EMI Music wanted to integrate the large amount of information it uses—including massive consumer surveys, demographic, and partner data from companies such as iTunes—to gain a single global view for its artists. By deploying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Fast Track Data Warehouse technology, EMI now has an accessible single source of country, consumer,…

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Case Study: Data Services Firm Uses Microsoft BI and Hadoop to Boost Insight into Big Data

Klout wanted to give consumers, brands, and partners faster, more detailed insight into hundreds of terabytes of social-network data. It also wanted to boost efficiency. To do so, Klout deployed a business intelligence solution based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise and Apache Hadoop. As a result, Klout processes data queries in near real time,…

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Case Study: For Microsoft Global Security the Cloud changes everything

Mike Howard is the Chief Security Officer at Microsoft.  In this article Mike provides a powerful insight into how Microsoft runs it’s security operation on a global basis. At the end of 2010 Microsoft Global Security was at a crossroads, how could we meet the continuing needs of our business to deliver a world class…

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Case Study: Skipton Building Society U.K. Building Society Increases Business Agility with Private Cloud Solution

Skipton Building Society needed a self-service portal for development environments for its mortgage services division HML. Its IT Shared Service Centre was tasked with finding a solution that would allow HML to provision virtual machines to keep pace with its agile development requirement. By deploying Hyper-V virtualisation technology, along with the Microsoft System Center 2012…

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