Window Maker Improves IT Service Delivery, Efficiency with Hyper-V Private Cloud

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Pella has long been a trusted name in home and commercial construction, making beautifully crafted, energy-efficient windows and doors. But the construction business has been tough lately. Pella is a just in time manufacturer committed to continuous improvement and efficiency in all facets of its business. Watch the video to find our why Pella’s IT staff supports this efficiency by moving its virtualized data center from VMware to Microsoft private cloud software—the Hyper-V technology in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012. With the switch, Pella is able to reduce IT inefficiencies and move to a measurable, service-oriented IT model. It can focus its IT staff on new business initiatives rather than on server management and give them a more rewarding work environment. “We’re a pretty lean organization, and by ‘lean,’ I mean not only that we have a small staff but that we focus on things that matter,” Thomas says. “With virtualization, we eliminated many of the tasks associated with deploying servers and resolving hardware problems. But we wanted to become a true service-oriented organization, where we define the services that we provide and drive measurable improvements through metrics. We thought that the flexibility of cloud computing was the way to get there.” Watch the video to learn how Pella consulted with FyrSoft, a member of the Microsoft Partner Network with a Gold competency in Systems Management and a specialty in building cloud solutions using Microsoft software. FyrSoft helped Pella analyze its workload data, determine if the migration was feasible, and devise a migration plan.