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Software ignites company's growth

Quoting from the Mercury News:

Nathan Myrold, a computer administrator for snowmobile maker Polaris Industries, doesn't have to go to the office in the middle of the night anymore to do fixes on the corporate network during off-hours.

By using software developed by Palo Alto-based VMware, Myrold can easily move software applications from one server to another -- during business hours and without any downtime for the company.

``Prior to VMware, that wasn't possible. You had to be there at 3 a.m. to do this,'' said Myrold, who used to get up in the middle of the night, sometimes in frigid Minneapolis winters, to do shutdowns or fixes when the network wasn't seeing much usage.

Polaris is among 20,000 companies using VMware to make their data centers more efficient and economical. These customers have helped fuel explosive growth at the 8-year-old company, which makes ``virtualization'' software. The obscure but important software makes servers -- the workhorse computers that run Web sites and transactions -- more flexible and efficient.

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``Like a lot of companies, we were dealing with server sprawl,'' said Myrold of Polaris. ``We were running out of floor space.''

Myrold said Polaris has ``dozens'' of HP Proliant servers in racks in its 7,500-square foot room. But Polaris needed more servers for individual business units and its growing Web presence, where it markets snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.

It began using VMware's ESX Server software to consolidate multiple servers onto one. Polaris now typically has 18 ``virtual machines'' running on one host server, each running their own separate applications or data for individual departments. Polaris increased its server capacity 50 percent by adding virtual machines, but its costs have dropped 65 percent.

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Published Monday, May 01, 2006 6:11 AM by David Marshall
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