At the Microsoft Management Summit, in Las Vegas packed with 4,000 attendees, Microsoft highlighted the experiences of retailer Target Corp. using Microsoft virtualization and management technologies.
"Minneapolis, Minn.-based Target, the second largest discount retailer in the U.S., has virtualized inventory, point-of-sale, supply-chain management, asset protection, in-store digital media, and more on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V SP1 in all its 1,755 stores. Applications, ranging from Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1, SharePoint 2007 and Exchange 2007 to third-party, line-of-business software, can now be deployed and managed more quickly, with 8,650 fewer physical servers to maintain, power and refresh.
Target has also implemented Microsoft management solutions, System Center Operations Manager and System Center Configuration Manager, in its retail locations to manage and patch more than 300,000 endpoints, ranging from servers and PCs to mobile inventory devices and point-of-sale registers. System Center provides the automation, insight and data to help ensure Target guests can quickly find the products they need at the lowest possible cost and check out without delay," stated Microsoft.
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