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					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.
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“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

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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
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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
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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
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eliminated once physical servers have been virtualised.
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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
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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.”




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Description: 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.