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Opteron processors each and 64 GB of RAM connected to IBM 4700 Series SAN storage. These guest servers run Windows Server 2008.

Mamut internal data center. In its internal data center, Mamut created three clustered Hyper-V servers hosting 18 virtual machines. These servers are also Dell PowerEdge 1950 III servers with Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors. These guest servers run the Windows Server 2003 operating system and function as domain controllers, management servers, file and print servers, Web servers, and run a variety of business applications.

Mamut has installed a Dell EqualLogic Internet iSCSI storage area network (SAN) for its internal data center cluster. “We really like the Dell EqualLogic SAN product. SANs are usually complex, but this system is very easy to use and set up,” Iversen says. “The performance and reliability have been great.”

In addition to Hyper-V, Mamut is interested in using the Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services (TS) Gateway feature to reduce new-customer setup time for Mamut Open Services. TS Gateway enables remote users to connect to terminal servers on a corporate network, from any authorized device, without using virtual private network connections. Using TS Gateway will trim valuable minutes from new-customer setup time. It will also enhance security and simplify virtual server manageability.

Shortly after beginning the RDP for Hyper-V, Mamut licensed Microsoft System

Center Operations Manager 2007 and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to improve data center management. Mamut set up these programs quickly on its Hyper-V cluster, which helped Mamut take advantage of the programs sooner. Mamut intends to integrate these solutions with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 to achieve increased operational efficiencies in managing the virtualization landscape.

“When we migrate our 1,000 existing virtual machines to Hyper-V and expand the platform with thousands of customers, this 10-minute savings per virtual machine will be significant.”

Erich Nøkling, Business Development Manager, Mamut

Benefits

Using Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Mamut has reduced its hardware costs and its server setup and management costs. It has also improved server utilization and increased application availability. These data center efficiencies free up staff resources to develop new hosting services and server resources to grow the business.

Hardware Costs Reduced

Mamut created nearly 100 virtual machines on eight physical servers running Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. “Going forward, 70 percent of all new servers deployed will be as virtual machines, saving us up to 20 percent on hardware costs for the mission-critical type of services we are planning to deploy,” Nøkling says. “We’ll also move 1,000 virtual machines from VMware and Virtual Server 2005 to Hyper-V by late 2008.”

In addition to reducing its physical server holdings, Mamut makes better use of the servers it purchases. “We could previously host 25 to 30 virtual machines per physical server,” Nøkling says. “With Hyper-V, we will be able to increase that to 40

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