GCRP Search Resultshttp://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/GCRP Search Results for RSS publishing via WCFgcrp@microsoft.comSearch Resultsd429b6fc-784b-4b89-8abe-3f75a2218f1fhttp://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000003039City Hospitals Protect Data from the Tohoku Earthquake, Expedite Medical ResponseYamagata City Hospital Saiseikan and Ishinomaki City Hospital collaborated to back up and protect their electronic medical data by extending their respective networks to the other hospital 100 kilometers away. When the Tohoku Earthquake struck in March 2011, Ishinomaki was devastated by the resulting tsunami. But thanks to its backup server at Saiseikan running Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, the data was recovered, and it expedited the hospital’s medical response to the disaster.2013-07-22T00:00:00-07:00d6c24726-77a3-42a9-9b5d-20653983968ehttp://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000002735Zagreb Airport improves Business Agility through Server Virtualization<p>Zagreb airport uses technology in all aspects of its business, providing required capacity for developing and running Airport services is a constant challenge. It chose Windows Server and Hyper-V to build a flexible, scalable computing platform and Microsoft System Center tools for managing the platform. The company engaged with Microsoft partner SPAN and Microsoft Croatia supporting the implementation through Microsoft Premier Contract.&nbsp;&nbsp;Today Zagreb airport runs some of its core airport systems on Microsoft virtualization platform.</p>2013-06-10T00:00:00-07:00dc97ce9c-c833-4518-b966-7ac1658790d3http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000002487 State Government Promotes Efficiencies and Improves Transparency in Admission Process<p>The department of higher education of the Government of Odisha had been using manual processes for admissions up to 2008, which were not only dispersed but lacked efficiency and transparency. To overcome these challenges, the department developed a Student Academic Management System (SAMS) using Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, .NET Framework 3.5, and System Center Data Protection Manager 2007. The comprehensive, integrated, and centralized solution SAMS, which was implemented over four academic years from 2009─10 has brought transparency and process efficiency to the admission process. The education department believes that the new infrastructure has saved considerable expenditure for various stakeholders. In addition, the system bridges the gap between students by creating innovative channels of communication.</p>2013-05-09T00:00:00-07:00a5330d46-06b1-4f90-a0ad-58c9fd998cachttp://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000002370IT Services Provider Upgrades Email Solution, Improves Employee Collaboration<p>Axept Webcall is a division of Swisscom, the largest telecommunications company in Switzerland. It provides engineering and operation services and specializes in Microsoft unified communications and collaboration solutions. Axept Webcall recently deployed Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 on-premises to provide updated messaging capabilities to its employees. As a result, it improved its high availability configuration and enhanced communications.</p>2013-04-18T00:00:00-07:00d387135d-112d-44e8-b28b-71733c1a5001http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000001974Consultancy Firm Upgrades Messaging to Increase Redundancy, Improve Productivity<p>Dar Al-Handasah, an architecture and construction consultancy firm, has long used Microsoft Exchange Server as its messaging solution. Email is critical for employees, who rely on it to exchange project files with clients, partners, and each other. Most recently, the firm deployed a pilot of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 for 1,400 employees at its Cairo office to evaluate the latest capabilities, such as high availability with database availability groups and support for larger mailboxes. Dar Al-Handasah found that, in addition to increasing redundancy, it could increase the performance of its business-critical messaging solution and triple the size of its mailboxes to help employees be more productive at their jobs.</p>2013-02-27T00:00:00-08:00a06de223-38bf-4a7d-a3b3-7eeca0691b61http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000001527First Data Migrates Tools and Processes to Microsoft, with Significant Financial Savings<p>Global electronic commerce and payment processor First Data Corporation wanted to increase efficiency, boost corporate agility, and reduce costs. To achieve these goals, the company decided to replace its disparate collaboration, internal business intelligence (BI), and process-automation technologies with one solution. After evaluating options, First Data architected and implemented an enterprise solution based on the Microsoft platform including Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Between 2009 and 2011, the team migrated more than 3,000 Lotus Notes applications, hundreds of additional programs, and about 4 terabytes of data to the platform. The team also implemented new capabilities such as self-service BI. As a result, First Data realizes significant annual financial savings, boosts staff productivity by up to 45 percent, provides a certified development platform that meets security requirements, and facilitates innovation and agility.</p>2012-10-22T00:00:00-07:0070fb9f4c-5e09-44be-a93f-3c324d0a6a5bhttp://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000001334Turkcell Chooses Virtualization Solution to Meet Increasing Demand for Data Services<p>The leading mobile communications provider in Turkey, Turkcell needed to upgrade its infrastructure to accommodate growing data volumes generated by customers using smartphones and tablet PCs after the launch of 3G services. Turkcell decided to support the growth in data usage by investing in Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter with Hyper-V. This gives the firm a highly cost-effective alternative hypervisor solution to its incumbent virtualization solution platform. Up to 400 virtual machines—one third of the total at Turkcell—have now been provisioned with Hyper-V for existing Windows-based servers with the help of HP and Microsoft Partner ADEO IT Consulting Services. The firm has also decided that all new Windows-based servers will be provisioned with Hyper-V. The solution is highly reliable and available, scaling easily to meet peaks in customer demand for data services.</p>2012-08-30T00:00:00-07:002016756c-2821-4005-8df8-866eb8c74099http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000000215U.K. School Deploys Unified Communications Saving 40 Per Cent on Cost of New PBX<p>Leading United Kingdom (U.K.) girls school Benenden School needed to replace its private branch exchange (PBX) telephony system. Having considered offers from four different PBX vendors, the school chose Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition for telephony and unified communications. The Microsoft solution cost 40 per cent less than any of the competing offerings. Plus, it is scalable, easily accommodating new accounts for staff and students.</p>2012-06-15T00:00:00-07:00e25dee8d-4be0-4330-94a4-af628ff84f75http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000000840By Moving to the Cloud, University Significantly Cuts Costs and Improves Customer Service<p>Since 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB) has been providing excellence in education and advancing knowledge through research in more than 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. AUB believes deeply in freedom of thought and expression by fostering tolerance and respect for diversity and dialogue. To accommodate its growing demand for IT services and to cut costs, AUB deployed three Microsoft solutions to meet its needs successfully.</p>2012-06-08T00:00:00-07:004d645792-a8df-4f7f-b9d6-ae8607d9b94fhttp://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000000662BotswanaPost Uses Consulting to Build New IT Foundation and Offer Citizens E-Services<p>Botswana Postal Services (BotswanaPost) wanted to support the national vision for greatly enhanced citizen services. But before it could offer new e-services, BotswanaPost needed to upgrade its entire IT infrastructure and turned to Microsoft Services for help. In just 18 months, BotswanaPost created a strategy, deployed a private cloud infrastructure, upgraded core infrastructure software, and deployed new communications solutions. Throughout, Microsoft Services provided BotswanaPost IT staff with strategy, consulting, support, and training. By working with Microsoft Services, BotswanaPost will be able to deliver e-government services sooner. It has also been able to upgrade the skills of its IT staff and help other employees be more productive. As a bonus, BotswanaPost expects to greatly increase its revenues from new e-services.</p>2012-05-17T00:00:00-07:00e3504f69-3671-4cbb-802d-cb4cb5cab251http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000000254Bank Delivers IT as a Service using Private Cloud Model, Avoids $12 Million Expense<p>DenizBank, a fast-growing bank in Turkey, constantly needed new technology to support its growth—but data center costs were spiraling upward. To reduce costs and speed the delivery of IT services to the business, DenizBank first virtualized its servers by using the Hyper-V technology in the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. It then configured its data centers as a private cloud environment by using Microsoft System Center 2012. Today, DenizBank runs its entire business from a private cloud infrastructure with 64 host servers that can scale to 1,500 virtual machines. DenizBank has been able to save US$7 million through server consolidation, avoid $12 million in data center costs, and anticipates a 20 percent reduction in IT staff costs. It can deploy IT services to the business faster and provide uninterrupted availability to critical financial applications.</p>2012-03-21T00:00:00-07:009d8f762e-b10d-4816-b3b7-4838d6420f89http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=525000000081National Bank Expects to Save $700,000 in Eight Months with Virtualization SolutionThe National Bank of Uruguay (Banco República—BROU) is a prominent financial institution in Uruguay. Dedicated to maintaining its success, the IT department wanted to streamline data center operations to deliver applications to the business more quickly and optimize infrastructure management to improve business continuity. BROU achieved these objectives by using the Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter operating system and Hyper-V virtualization technology to support 214 virtual machines and deploying Microsoft System Center data center solutions to manage servers and virtual workloads. It has reduced application time-to-market from two months to six hours and the recovery time for a 40-gigabyte virtual machine from one hour to 15 minutes. With 147 fewer physical servers, BROU decreased CO2 emissions by 66 percent, estimates savings of US$700,000, and expects an ROI in eight months.2012-03-15T00:00:00-07:00a74622ce-ebc8-42e8-8420-7f711c12617fhttp://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000000220Retailer Delivers High-Availability to Meet Business Needs with Server Virtualization<p>Australia-based retailer Coles was challenged with an aging, in-store fleet of server hardware that resulted in lengthy server outages that disrupted store operations. Coles decided to implement a virtualization solution built on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise with Hyper-V technology. It also implemented Microsoft System Center solutions so that it could centrally manage its geographically dispersed infrastructure. Now, Coles has the highly available infrastructure that it needs to keep store operations running. Also, the IT team can quickly respond to changing business needs, recover servers in seconds, and control costs—without interrupting service to store personnel and customers.</p>2012-03-13T00:00:00-07:003404d483-749f-49c5-826c-c99c56c5f4f3http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000000146Saudi Post Reduces Operating Costs by Around 50 Per Cent with Private Cloud<p>Saudi Post Corporation wanted to transform its infrastructure and reduce operating costs by implementing an Infrastructure as a Service Private Cloud—the first in the Saudi public sector. Working with Netways, Saudi Post upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V and deployed the Microsoft System Center suite of products. Operating costs have been cut by more than 50 per cent and physical servers reduced from around 150 to 32.</p>2012-03-07T00:00:00-08:004e719817-f52c-4ed4-9f0b-46bb42398049http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000000121City Cuts Costs, Gains High-Availability and Disaster-Recovery Capabilities <p>To maximize the value of future technology investments, the City of Virginia Beach needed to further strengthen its data management infrastructure. The city’s Communications and Information Technology Department needed high-availability and disaster-recovery capabilities to support mission-critical applications and a transition to a voice over IP phone system. Very satisfied with Microsoft technologies used throughout all of the city’s agencies, Virginia Beach deployed Microsoft SQL Server 2012. The new solution’s high availability cuts maintenance downtime and improves customer satisfaction. Read-only secondary databases support reporting without affecting the performance of primary databases. The solution saves hundreds of thousands of dollars compared to Oracle and helps Virginia Beach avoid as much as U.S.$50,000 in annual maintenance costs.</p>2012-03-06T00:00:00-08:007f0230d4-8bac-4f61-9277-0d8056771f15http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000000128Government Improves Productivity and Reduces Overheads with Virtualized Solution<p>The technology arm of the government of the Punjab—Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB)—needed to replace its decentralized communications technology with a more secure, reliable solution. It worked with Microsoft Gold Partner Inbox Business Technologies, to deploy a solution based on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. Since deploying the solution, employee productivity has improved and operating costs have been reduced.</p>2012-03-02T00:00:00-08:00b1df7135-a11e-4f0d-954e-20b41f92204ahttp://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=5000000038College Virtualises Servers and Saves Thousands of Pounds to Reinvest in IT Carmel College wanted to reduce IT overheads through virtualisation. After finding VMware expensive and difficult to integrate, it decided to virtualise its servers with Hyper-V technology—part of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system—to reduce power, cooling, licensing, and maintenance costs. The solution saves the college an estimated £40,000 a year in staffing and operational costs, and power and cooling overheads have been cut by 50 per cent.2012-02-17T00:00:00-08:00f040f61c-d331-4552-883e-ff88036d48e1http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=200000000081Construction Firm Builds On-Demand IT Infrastructure with Private Cloud Computing<p>Although The Walsh Group specializes in building big things, it wanted to shrink its data center. The Chicago, Illinois–based builder of highways, skyscrapers, and subways sought to reduce server costs and make IT more responsive to the business. To do both, the IT staff jettisoned VMware virtualization software and used the Hyper-V virtualization technology included in Windows Server 2008 R2 to virtualize not only servers but PCs. It is adding Microsoft System Center 2012 to create a private cloud computing structure that will enable it to deliver more reliable IT services on demand. With virtualized computer resources and automated efficiencies, Walsh reduces IT management costs by up to US$150,000 a year, frees its IT staff from repetitive work, and lowers hardware and energy costs by 20 percent. It can be greener with cloud computing and give employees easier access to applications.</p>2012-02-09T00:00:00-08:00a4a43648-b58d-4d91-ad1f-c58b9fbcc43fhttp://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=4000011812Float Glass Plant Cuts Operating Costs by 40 Per Cent with Virtualization Solution<p>Global manufacturer Arabian United Float Glass Company (AUFGC) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wanted to improve manageability and reduce operating costs for its IT infrastructure. The Yanbu-based company—which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week—deployed the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system with Hyper-V virtualization technology and the Microsoft System Center suite of management products to centralize management and monitoring. The solution has transformed the data center at AUFGC, helping ensure high availability of its business-critical applications. With Hyper-V software, AUFGC consolidated its server estate with zero downtime. The dynamic data center will reduce operating costs by up to 40 per cent compared to its previous—largely manual—operations management processes, which used just physical servers.</p>2012-02-08T00:00:00-08:00a5c02e12-9f5a-4bbf-91e1-f147c88ccab0http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=4000011774Private Cloud Speeds Provisioning from Two Days to 30 Minutes, Spurring Growth<p>As global IT services giant Infosys grew, so did the costs and complexities of its own IT infrastructure. In a world of ever-increasing competition and profit pressure, Infosys wanted to make its IT infrastructure both more efficient and more effective in order to fuel innovation and customer service throughout the company. That’s why Infosys combined virtualization and management technologies from Microsoft to create a series of private cloud environments, each tailored to support a key business scenario or user group. As a result, the IT staff spends far less time on key management tasks, and employees still get more services more quickly than before, such as servers that are provisioned in 30 minutes—decreased from at least 2 days. Security risks are virtually eliminated, costs are reduced, and Infosys now has a crucial tool for competitive advantage and business growth.</p>2012-02-06T00:00:00-08:00