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Carter Holt Harvey is using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 to consolidate servers by at least 50 per cent, increase server utilisation by 60 per cent, create a more consistent IT environment and reduce hardware costs.
Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) Solution Overview Virtualisation Key to CHH Server Consolidation Strategy “Consolidating IT infrastructure is a key focus across the entire CHH group. Carter Holt Harvey is using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 to consolidate servers by at least 50 per cent, increase server utilisation by 60 per cent, create a more consistent IT environment and reduce “Virtualisation is one of the hardware costs. means to achieve this goal and we’ll use Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 where and when In mid-2005, Carter Holt Harvey underwent a strategic change of ownership, it makes the most sense. It prompting the company to re-structure the business and review its IT allows us to optimise servers, strategy. This led to the creation of a dedicated in-house IT department - reduce operational costs and CHH Infotech - to service the company’s global IT needs across more than run legacy applications in a 150 physical locations in New Zealand, Australia and Asia. virtualised environment.” The company is currently implementing a five-year IT strategy aimed at Krassi Modkov, standardising, rationalising and consolidating the company’s decentralised IT Design and Implementation environment, with the view to create IT efficiencies, improve IT management Manager, Infotech and reduce operational costs. Carter Holt Harvey Virtualisation Key to Server Consolidation Strategy Customer Profile Krassi Modkov, Design and Implementation Manager, CHH Infotech, explains Carter Holt Harvey is Australasia’s a key component of this strategy is consolidating the company’s 400 plus leading forest products company, servers by as much as 50 per cent by the end of 2007. Many of the with significant interests in wood company’s servers run a traditional one-chip, single operating system products, pulp, paper and environment and are subsequently under-utilised. packaging, supported by forests. Leading Carter Holt Harvey brands include Bestwood, Customwood, Consolidation will be achieved through a combination of application Ecoply, Kopine and Pinex, and the rationalisation, physical and logical consolidation, migrating applications to company’s packaging can be found server farms and finally, virtualisation using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 in most supermarket aisles. technology. Carter Holt Harvey employs approximately 10,000 people Virtualisation, in particular, will enable CHH to increase server utilisation, across New Zealand, Australia and maximise resources, and reduce the total cost of ownership of hardware, Asia. The company’s head office is in Auckland, New Zealand. including the associated data centre space and management overheads. Web Site “Consolidating IT infrastructure is a key focus across the entire CHH group,” www.chh.com says Modkov. “Virtualisation is one of the means to achieve this goal and we’ll use Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 where and when it makes the most Industry sense. It allows us to optimise servers, reduce operational costs and run Forest Products legacy applications in a virtualised environment.” Scenario By the end of 2006, CHH plans to consolidate 110 servers, and estimates Consolidation; Total Cost of that approximately one third of these servers will be candidates for Ownership; Manageability; Return virtualisation. Up to 35 physical servers will be consolidated onto two Virtual on Investment Server 2005 64 bit instances. Customer Size Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Future-Proof Virtualisation Platform Enterprise According to Modkov, CHH evaluated virtualisation software from VMware but chose Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 based on the product’s current as well as 1 future capabilities. Business Situation CHH is currently implementing a five-year IT strategy aimed at “We decided on Microsoft Virtual Server despite it being a relatively new standardising, rationalising and technology for a number of reasons. Firstly, the technology is fit-for-purpose consolidating the company’s for our current IT environment and met key requirements. Secondly, our IT decentralised IT environment, with team are already familiar with the Microsoft product set, meaning it’s easier the view to create IT efficiencies, for staff to learn and adopt the Microsoft virtualisation platform. improve IT management and reduce operational costs. A key “Finally, we looked at Microsoft’s long-term virtualisation strategy and component of this strategy is consolidating the company’s 400 technology roadmap such as the product’s integration with the upcoming plus servers by as much as 50 per Longhorn operating system. We felt that the long-term benefits and future cent by the end of 2007. functionality outweighed any current limitations.” Solution Summary According to Modkov, deploying a Microsoft virtualised server platform is a Using Microsoft Virtual Server long-term initiative and CHH is taking incremental steps since first 2005, CHH can consolidate implementing the technology in October 2005. By June 2006, the company physical servers by creating a had consolidated numerous applications and servers at two of its four major virtualised server platform. This in data centres, including CHH headquarters in Onehunga and its main data turn enables the company to increase server utilisation, recovery data centre in central Auckland. The company also recently maximise resources, and reduce migrated to a Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 64-bit platform and plans to the total cost of ownership of expand its existing Virtual Server farms within data centres next. hardware, including the associated data centre space and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 typically runs on an x86 server, with virtualised management overheads. machines running multiple operating systems, including Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Value to Business Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) is also used to manage the overall IT Reduced operational costs, infrastructure. including hardware IT management efficiencies Based on the first six months, Modkov says he and his team have been Value to IT pleased with the product’s performance, even though the product is yet to be Server optimisation and fully utilised. increased utilisation rates Microsoft Technology “We can now run a large amount of virtual machines per physical server and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 put a lot more applications onto a single box. For example, we’re now Microsoft Operations Manager running 18 guest machines per server in one of our data centres and have For more information about Microsoft products only utilised 25% of the server’s capacity with plenty of room to grow.” and services, please call the Microsoft Sales Information Centre on (09) 3575576. To access information over the World Wide Web, Modkov adds that once the company’s virtualised server platform is fully go to: deployed, CHH will also be able to significantly reduce its hardware leasing http://www.microsoft.com/nz costs. Currently, CHH lease server equipment on a three year cycle, which http://www.microsoft.com/nz/business results in significant costs every time the company has to migrate existing http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies applications onto new hardware. These costs will be almost completely ©2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. eliminated once physical servers have been virtualised. This customer solution is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFT MAKES NO Modkov concludes that while the company is still another 12 months away WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, IN from realising the full benefits of using Microsoft’s virtualisation platform, he THIS SUMMARY. Microsoft, Windows, SQL Server and .Net are registered trademarks or has no doubts CHH will see a return on investment. trademarks of Microsoft corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products “While we are gradually deploying a Microsoft virtualisation platform, we’re mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. 100% confident in the technology.” 2
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