The Greater Stockholm Fire Department
In 2008, Stockholm, Sweden, and nine nearby municipalities decided to consolidate their emergency services to cut costs. The resulting Greater Stockholm Fire Department worked with Lan Assistans, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, to merge two IT departments, and succeeded in trimming servers by 80 percent using the Windows Server 2008 Datacenter operating system with the Hyper-V technology. It also deployed Microsoft System Center data center solutions to manage the new IT landscape, and Microsoft Application Virtualization to deliver applications to PCs as needed. In addition to reducing servers by 80 percent, the fire department has reduced licensing costs for some applications by 80 percent and will ultimately save U.S.$140,000 annually on IT resources. The fire department is delivering higher application availability and can now cost-effectively scale its IT infrastructure.