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Software Company Switches from VMware to Hyper-V to Grow Business, Reduce Costs


Country or Region: Norway

Industry: Professional services

Customer Profile

With headquarters in Oslo, Norway, and 440 employees, Mamut is a leading European provider of packaged and hosted business software services for small and midsize businesses.

Business Situation

Mamut wanted to further consolidate servers, speed server setup, and reduce server management costs.


Mamut uses the Windows Server® 2008 operating system with Hyper-V technology and Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 to pursue aggressive server virtualization goals.


Hardware costs reduced

Server setup and management simplified

Availability increased

Business growth facilitated

“Going forward, 70 percent of all new servers deployed will be as virtual machines. We’ll also move 1,000 virtual machines from VMware and Virtual Server 2005 to Hyper-V by late 2008.”

Erich Nøkling, Business Development Manager, Mamut

Based in Oslo, Norway, Mamut provides business software and hosting services to small and midsize businesses. The company used early virtualization solutions to halve its server holdings, but it wanted to achieve further reductions by increasing the number of guest servers on each host. To grow business without adding more servers, Mamut uses the Windows Server® 2008 operating system with Hyper-V virtualization technology, as well as Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. Mamut has created more than 100 virtual machines (VMs) under Hyper-V and will migrate 1,000 existing VMs to the new software by the end of 2008. With Hyper-V, Mamut can create 40 VMs per host, decrease VM setup time from 50 to 40 minutes for thousands of VMs, and increase server utilization significantly. These efficiencies are helping Mamut grow its business with minimal overhead.

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