Microsoft announced that CH2M HILL, a Fortune 500 company switched to Microsoft virtualization and management software from VMware Inc. software, projecting cost savings of more than $3.2 million during the next three to five years. The company also expects to reduce server administration work by 30% so it can focus on more strategic work like branch office virtualizing, infrastructure upgrading and architecture planning.
CH2M HILL has a global presence of more than 25,000 employees in regional offices that require agile, high availability IT services to serve their customers' needs and in a cost-effective manner. CH2M HILL was an early adopter of virtualization technology to curb server proliferation and provide more agile IT services. Between 2005 and 2007, the company used VMware ESX to virtualize 350 servers in its datacenter and 100 servers in regional offices. When the global economy plummeted in late 2007, CH2M HILL decided that it needed a more cost-effective virtualization solution.