Gazprom Marketing and Trading (GM&T) is the energy trading arm of Gazprom, the world's largest producer of natural gas. With an ambitious growth strategy and energy markets opening up globally, GM&T needed to find a faster and more cost-effective way to deliver IT resources to the business.
It switched from VMware to Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V technology and recently upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1.
By using the Dynamic Memory feature in that release, it can increase virtual machine density by 50 per cent and boost the number of virtual machines on its host-server infrastructure from 500 to 750.
GM&T also realised a cost avoidance of nearly £4.4m (U.S.$7.2m) on servers, electricity and real estate. The IT staff can deliver servers in minutes rather than weeks, and service availability is higher with automated memory management.
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