HP Finland Outsourcing Services uses VMware ESX to manage its pay-per-use hosted services in its data center. Staffers skilled in Linux or UNIX environments manage the virtualized environment. Other IT staffers administer the Windows-based workloadsa costly arrangement. HP Finland wanted an alternative virtualization solution so it could: Simplify and streamline its data center operations; Reduce the operational costs of running its virtualization environment; and provide better customer service.
HP Finland is participating in a Microsoft Rapid Deployment Program (RDP) to evaluate a new solution based on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization technology. Hyper-V technology provides a more dynamic, reliable, and scalable virtualization environment through a thin hypervisor layer. HP Finland is also evaluating the beta version of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and its ability to integrate with HP's service management solutions.
HP Finland expects to increase the efficiency and agility of its capacity-based hosted services and reduce costs by simplifying data center management, reducing operational costs, and providing better service.