Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Ikoula is a French hosting and data centre solutions provider. Founded in 1998, the company offers its customers a range of different services from shared, dedicated, and virtualised hosting to co-location racks and domain name registering. Faced with an increasingly competitive market, French hosting service provider Ikoula sought an alternative offering to low-cost dedicated servers. It deployed both the Windows Server 2008 Datacenter operating system, with integrated Hyper-V technology, and the Microsoft System Center family of system management products. Now, the company provides a better service to its customers and aims to reduce its operational costs by 33 per cent.