Project Description

The problem

Paul Smith was unable to virtualize applications that were based on Microsoft SQL Server data management software and certain important line-of business applications, such as Cognos, the company’s business intelligence solution, because of their criticality and performance requirements. “We had to keep some applications running in a physical environment because Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 supports virtual machines with a maximum of four virtual processors and 64 gigabytes of memory,” says Bingham. “We needed a more scalable virtualization solution so we could reach that 80 percent benchmark of virtualized servers in our data centers.” “Paul Smith used a mixture of NIC vendors and there were time-consuming compatibility issues that forced us to segment network configuration among cluster hosts,”

The benefits

  • With Windows Server 2012, Paul Smith has a complete virtualization solution to introduce cloud computing in its data centers, including the high-density and performance capabilities required to expand its virtualized environment, contain costs, and drive business agility.
  • Created Scalable Virtualization Platform Paul Smith is using Windows Server 2012 to achieve its goal of virtualizing up to 80 percent of its servers.
  • By the end of 2012, Paul Smith will have a virtualized production environment configured to handle any expected workloads well into the future.
  • Increased Performance by 10 Percent Not only is Paul Smith virtualizing its business-critical applications such as Cognos, but with Windows Server 2012, it is also improving the performance of these applications.
  • Increased Density by Almost 200 Percent Prior to deploying Windows Server 2012, each Hyper-V server hosted 28 virtual machines.
  • Reduced Costs by $1.8 Million in First Year As a result of increasing the density and computing power of virtual machines, Paul Smith was able to reduce hardware acquisition and maintenance costs.