General Organization for Youth and Sports
Based in Manama, Bahrain, the General Organization for Youth and Sports (GOYS) promotes athletics for young people around the country. The IT department is responsible for delivering the technology that the 300 employees need to efficiently carry out the organization's mission. But IT staff faced pressure to reduce IT costs without affecting the efficiency and quality of its services. GOYS deployed the Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise operating system with Hyper-V virtualization technology, and began to virtualize mission-critical server applications. In the first six months, GOYS reduced hardware costs by 70 percent and increased server application reliability by an estimated 50 percent. It also deployed Microsoft System Center data center and desktop management solutions to manage both physical and virtual servers, which resulted in an increase in IT staff productivity of 40 percent.