Getronics is a leading global provider of information and communication technology solutions and a long-time Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. While this Netherlands-based global workspace management company wanted to be prepared to help customers adopt the Windows 7 operating system, it also aimed to take advantage of new features in that software to help it manage and secure its own 16,000 computers. With its rollout of Windows 7, Getronics expects to reduce overall desktop support costs and save 2,500 hours annually on operating system deployment. To increase desktop manageability, reduce costs, and deploy applications more flexibly, Getronics plans to take advantage of several technologies included in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for Software Assurance. This pack complements Windows 7 by providing software for virtualizing applications, centralizing desktop inventories, managing administrative rights, diagnosing desktop problems, and monitoring errors. Getronics will use MDOP desktop virtualization software, called Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), to enable employees to use their personal computers for work. Using MED-V, the IT staff can create managed virtual machines within one client computer.