Auckland-based forest products company Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) is gradually deploying a Microsoft virtualisation platform, aiming to consolidate servers by at least 50%, increase server utilisation by 60%, and reduce hardware costs.
A key component of CHH’s IT strategy is consolidating its 400-plus servers by 50% by the end of 2007, Krassi Modkov, manager of design and implementation at CHH Infotech, the company’s IT department, told the audience at Computerworld’s virtualisation briefing in Auckland last week.
Part of this consolidation will be achieved through virtualisation, using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, where and when it makes the most sense, he says. CHH’s technology adoption profile does not necessarily follow standard definitions, he says. When adopting a new technology, the company “rides the technology wave” for as long as it possibly can, says Modkov.