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VMware Platform Eliminates The "One Server Per Application" Model For Accountants Inc., Improving Efficiencies and Flexibility
VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced Accountants Inc., a leading provider of staffing solutions for accounting and finance departments, has deployed VMwares industry-leading virtualization and management suite, VMware Infrastructure 3, to lower its overhead, meet its disaster-recovery requirements, and operate as a more nimble organization.

Founded in 1986, Accountants Inc. provides companies of all sizes with the financial talent they require on either a temporary or permanent basis. Internally, Accountants Inc. had relied on a hardware-based environment to support its IT operations, with a single server for each application. As the company approached a hardware refresh cycle, it determined that virtualization would be a much more cost-effective way to address its business and IT requirements and delivery of applications more efficiently.

VMware has helped our business in a many ways, said Donald Wong, manager of IT operations and development at Accountants, Inc. If we had continued deploying physical machines in a one server to one application way, we would have incurred a lot of unnecessary overhead costs. Now, weve standardized on VMware and we have a strict virtualization-first policy. As a result, we can spend less time managing our IT infrastructure and more time focusing on bigger picture things, like growing the business.

By deploying the VMware platform, Accountants Inc. was able to realize a series of important benefits. The company was able to significantly reduce its datacenter footprint by consolidating nearly 50 physical servers onto just 10 VMware ESX Servers. This consolidation helped Accountants Inc. achieve a substantial savings in power and cooling costs for its datacenter.

Running on the VMware platform, Accountants Inc. can take advantage of powerful VMware features such as Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and High Availability (HA), which has added a greater degree of resiliency to its production environment.

Equally important, the VMware platform has helped Accountants Inc. comply with its parent companys requirements regarding disaster recovery. Leveraging VMware technology, Accountants Inc. was able to easily backup its mission-critical applications and data between its primary location and a co-location facility and get its disaster recovery tests certified.

Going with VMware was an easy choice, said Wong. It offered by far the most mature and reliable virtualization platform on the market, and it offered a more robust feature set than competitors like Xen and Microsoft.

Published Tuesday, September 30, 2008 6:11 AM by David Marshall
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