When the decision was made to go with VMware at ManageNet Hyper-V was not ready for production environments.
The company had also considered Virtual Iron, but was not confident in the level of local support compared with VMware.
Dell wins in the end
Despite their differences in virtualisation software selection, both companies at least have one thing in common - Dell.
UXC purchased Dell rack-mounted servers and blades for its new infrastructure build out and ManageNet commissioned iSCSI storage systems from the Dell-owned EqualLogic.
Rick Becker, Dell's vice president for software and Solutions, said internally the company migrated 326 PowerEdge 2650 servers to 21 blade servers saving an estimated US$800,000 in operating expenses.
"We believe by adopting technology and negating the need for server space we will never need to build another data centre," Becker said.