The Royal Mail Group had struggled with its deal with a third-party IT outsourcing company that provided its hardware for a few years. The service level agreement provided hardware updates for desktops, servers and other devices, but did not allow for the corresponding software upgrades, ComputerWeekly reports.
Because of this problem, the company has struggled to integrate its legacy business productivity and other software systems into its server environment. This is changing, however, as the Royal Mail Group has decided to forgo its typical model for storage and virtualize its servers with Microsoft Hyper-V.
By using Hyper-V, the company is able to run its old Windows operating systems and applications while consolidating its expansive data center into a small number of virtual machines.
According to the Royal Mail Group, the server virtualization project will pay for itself in savings within 19 months, and generate more than $2 million in savings during the next four years.
Microsoft's hypervisor is also becoming popular to establish Hyper-V VPS systems through virtual server hosting companies. Last month, Microsoft announced plans to optimize Hyper-V for use with the Open Stack project, a program designed to bring virtualization and cloud computing into the mainstream, InformationWeek reports.