National Bank of Kuwait Virtualizes 75 Percent of Servers for 40 Percent Cost Savings

After decades of using mainframe technology, National Bank of Kuwait wanted a scalable server infrastructure that the IT department could rely on to deliver services to employees and customers. However, because of power capacity issues, it was not feasible for the bank to use hundreds of physical servers. In 2008, National Bank of Kuwait implemented Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V technology, in addition to the Microsoft System Center family of products. It virtualized 75 percent of a portion of its infrastructure (30 physical hosts with 125 virtual machines) and developed a private cloud infrastructure. The bank’s virtualized infrastructure costs 40 percent less than a physical infrastructure, and the licensing costs are 20 percent less. The bank improved its agility and ability to respond to business needs, and it now has an infrastructure that will help support the bank’s growth.

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