Get VIRTUAL Now - Virtualization and "Green IT"

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Get VIRTUAL Now - Virtualization and "Green IT"

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Today is the official launch of Microsoft's virtualization technologies which includes Windows Server 2008, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 and the new Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008.  Get more details on the announcements we made at

Microsoft’s Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 provides an optimized virtualization solution that can help reduce the number of physical machines by allowing you to consolidate Windows or Linux workloads onto a single physical server. System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, part of the System Center suite of products, enables customers to configure and deploy new virtual machines and centrally manage their virtualized infrastructure, whether running on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 or VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3. Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 gives desktop users a boost by streaming resource-heavy applications to the desktop, enabling IT managers to centrally control key applications and their use. When combined with Windows Vista’s power management and centralized group policy management settings and Windows Server already seeing up to 10 percent power savings, these offerings allow customers to optimize resources, proactively manage energy consumption and reduce the environmental footprint of their physical servers and virtual IT environment.

One customer realizing an environmental benefit mentioned in today’s press release, TALX, a web-based human resource, payroll and employment verification services provider who are developing a new advanced data center, said they expect to save approximately 50 percent in annual power and cooling costs by consolidating its server environment with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. By using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to enhance virtualization performance and host more virtual machines per physical server, TALX will be able to further consolidate its server environment, reduce hardware costs, save power and cooling costs, and conserve data center space.

You can read more about the energy, cost and environmnental benefits of Windows Server 2008 and Virtualization in the following white paper which was published recently. For example, the following chart shows the energy savings of virtualization 10 servers onto 1 server.


For more details on Microsoft's virtualization offering, please visit

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