Switching To Microsoft Virtualization Expected To Net More Than $3 Million In Savings

been away on vacation this month so it's been a while since I posted, but I
wanted to share the story of a Fortune 500 customer I just came across that
really helps demonstrate the potential savings of Microsoft virtualization over
competitive offerings.

CH2M HILL is a
Fortune 500 company and global leader in full-service engineering, consulting,
construction, and operations management services.  In
a recently published case study
, the company talks about how they were
looking for ways of reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. One of the
things they looked at was their virtualization technology, which was VMware at
the time.  Needing a more cost effective virtualization solution, CH2M
HILL began investigating the alternatives.  Following a head-to-head test,
they chose the Microsoft virtualization solutions, including Windows
Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V
and the System Center
offerings such as System
Center Virtual Machine Manager

expect to save over $3 million over the next three to five years by making this
switch.  In their own words:

company was cutting costs across the board, and we wanted to push forward with
virtualizing more servers, especially in our field offices, but we just couldn't
do it with VMware," said Greg Barton, senior analyst, Enterprise Systems Group,
CH2M HILL. "By switching to Microsoft from VMware, we will save $280,000 in
software fees. Plus, we can now afford to tackle our 600 field servers and are
aiming to virtualize 20 percent of these computers each year. At $5,000 a
server, that's a savings of $3 million over the next three to five years."

also seeing benefits from the reduction in time that their IT staff needs to
spend on day to day tasks, freeing them up for more mission critical tasks and
forward planning.

can read CH2M HILL's full case
and also find more details at
this site
.  If you'd like to see the benefits and savings that other
customers are experiencing you can find additional information at the Microsoft
virtualization site
and also in various case
studies for customers that have also switched to Microsoft's virtualization

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