thousands of systems. “Hyper-V fulfills our virtualization needs in a great way,” Nøkling says. “We will be able to support our entire virtual landscape through Microsoft, which already supports the rest of our data center, and have solid, seamless coverage under our Microsoft Premier Support Agreement. Hyper-V fits better into our Microsoft infrastructure and simplifies our IT strategy by enabling us to work with as few vendors as possible.” Mamut will migrate its VMware and Virtual Server VMs to Hyper-V by late 2008.
Mamut was also impressed with Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, a management solution that complements Hyper-V by centralizing management of virtual machines, accelerating provisioning, and improving server utilization. “We liked the improved virtual machine management capabilities provided by System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008,” Iversen says. Mamut saw that it could use System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 to simplify the setup and management of both physical and virtual servers and lower management costs.
“We currently spend 50 minutes setting up a new virtual machine. I hope to fully automate this process using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008.”
Roy Iversen, Senior Technical Engineer, Mamut
“The Administrator Console gives us one place to see and tune all our virtual machine holdings, and the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 library gives us one place to manage virtual-machine elements, which decreases server setup time,” Iversen says. Mamut also uses the Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) feature of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 to tune virtual-machine performance and the Quick Migration tool to quickly convert physical-
to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual server migrations.
Mamut worked with Microsoft Services to deploy Windows Server 2008 Standard and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter, Hyper-V, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. “I don’t think we could have done this project without their help,” Iversen says. “Microsoft Services helped us set up Hyper-V, guided us through the entire project, solved technical difficulties, and provided knowledge transfer to our staff.”
Mamut has deployed Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V in three areas:
Mamut Open Services. Mamut initially deployed four physical servers hosting 80 virtual machines. Each customer runs its Mamut Open Services software on a dedicated virtual machine. Several thousand customers will follow by end of 2008. The hardware for these servers is Dell PowerEdge 1950 servers with dual Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors and 32 gigabytes (GB) of RAM. “Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor-based platforms deliver breakthrough performance and energy efficiency, making them an excellent choice for virtualization,” Iverson says. These guest servers run the Windows Server 2003 operating system.
Hosting business. On the hosting side of the business, Mamut deployed one Hyper-V server platform to host its virtual machines, beginning with all new shared Web hosting customers, and eventually to host all VMware virtual machines. The hardware is IBM 3850 servers with four Quad-Core AMD