In April, Momentum Business Insights takes a deeper look at virtualization, particularly around how it can help decrease IT costs by reducing the number of physical servers that you need.

The feature video is a great customer story on Toronto's Osgoode Law School and how the IT team is using Microsoft Hyper-V to optimize server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines running on a single physical machine.

If you're like many of the IT decision makers I speak to, reducing the number of physical hardware servers - and reducing the physical footprint in the process - is a key challenge. When it comes to virtualization, make sure many you take advantage of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

What's great about this is that SP1 further enhances the business proposition for using virtualization tools like Microsoft Hyper-V by adding Dynamic Memory. This feature extends the server virtualization environment by allowing the IT department to run more virtual machines on the same server hardware, since static memory limits are gone. In simpler terms, this makes consolidating your servers through virtualization even more appealing through better performance and scalability.

Ready to take the dive into virtualization? Be sure to download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. And don't forget to contact me if you have any questions about this or any related IT issue.