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What do Marquette University, Menzies Aviation, Suncorp Group, and EmpireCLS have in common? Smart business leaders, that’s what — decision makers who recognized unmet needs and cost-effectively filled them. For Marquette, a Jesuit university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, those needs centered on meeting the IT demands of its 11,800 students and 1,100 faculty members. Menzies, a global provider of aviation services, needed an affordable operating system that would accommodate new businesses and manage additional employee identities and information access across 132 airports in 34 countries. At Suncorp, a financial services group, there was a desire to create more flexible workplaces and empower the company’s 16,000 employees to work from multiple locations. Meanwhile, the folks at EmpireCLS, a global provider of chauffeured transportation services, were looking to save money and grow their business by moving to a cloud-computing environment. Four very different organizations, with four different needs—and, as we’ll see, one solution.
For the IT decision makers at Marquette, the goal was simple: keep up with the ever-changing technology needs of the faculty and students, without adding to the IT headcount. That meant coming up with a solution that would run the school’s more than 300 servers with only four staff members to manage them. Marquette had already virtualized its data center, primarily using software from VMware, but those licenses were becoming cost-prohibitive. Marquette’s lean and mean IT department decided to see if the Windows Server 2012 operating system could replace the VMware software and, coincidentally, lower the university’s data storage costs.
While eliminating the VMware licenses initially drove the move to Windows Server 2012, the data storage savings looked to be even more dramatic. Marquette expects its storage costs to be 10 times lower than if it continued relying exclusively on a storage area network (SAN). These savings will result from the flexible storage options baked into Windows Server 2012—options that let an organization switch from expensive SANs to less expensive storage architectures. In a nutshell, Windows Server 2012 allows organizations to store application data on a file-sharing server and obtain a level of reliability, availability, manageability, and performance comparable to what SANs deliver, but far more frugally.
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