Increasing Business Agility and IT Efficiency by Hyper-V

Peder Jungck, CTO, BAE Systems, Intelligence & Security
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Using Microsoft’s Hyper-V for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments can save CIOs millions of dollars in licensing, hardware, and power costs. Some of the benefits of Microsoft’s Hyper-V for VDI are as follow:

• There is no hypervisor cost for hosting Windows VDI on Hyper-V 2012.
• Less hardware is needed to support the same number of virtual desktops with Hyper-V.
• Since less hardware is required, you also save on power and cooling costs.

When deploying thousands of Windows desktops, your choice of hypervisor will have a surprising impact on the cost of your solution. By using Hyper-V 2012 BAE Systems saves customers the licensing costs required by other solutions. Previously, companies were willing to pay this added cost per hypervisor when Hyper-V 2008 did not provide the performance and functionality required for large scale virtual desktop deployments. However, that is no longer the case as several showdowns between Hyper-V 2012 and other market solutions have demonstrated better Windows desktop performance on Hyper-V 2012 than competing solutions. Moreover, using a complete Microsoft stack results in more virtual machines per host, which reduces the number of servers, saving hardware and power costs.

  ​One innovative approach at BAE Systems reduces the cost of licensing by reassigning high-value Microsoft products such as Project and Visio every 90 days 

For a recent large-scale government proposal, the license savings using Microsoft’s hypervisor solution was more than $2 million. After combining the most efficient hypervisor with converged storage and computing we offered an additional hardware savings of more than $1 million. By combining Hyper-V VDI efficiencies with web scale computing provided a 5 year power and cooling savings of $2 million.

CIOs should carefully examine their choices as they deploy VDI because there can be surprisingly high cost savings with a complete Microsoft-based solution.

Reducing Licensing Cost

CIOs can lose valuable cost reductions by overlooking innovative solutions that change how we manage our enterprise. One innovative approach at BAE Systems reduces the cost of licensing by reassigning high-value Microsoft products such as Project and Visio every 90 days.

• Maximize existing licenses through a license reclamation process
• Harvest unused Microsoft licenses every 90 days
• Save 5-25 percent of the per year software licensing costs

Two key features of our company’s innovative cost reduction process are monitoring licenses for actual use and de-provisioning licenses based on lack of use. We then use license usage statistics for negotiations with Microsoft and other vendors. By building a strategic licensing partnership with Microsoft you can reduce the number of required licenses. With an enterprise application store you can build automatic provisioning and de-provisioning capabilities to efficiently use the required licenses. Investing in flexible license management tools, BAE Systems simplifies end of year true-ups which reduces volume licensing cost and exposure risk.

For a large government customer, with large user account turnover, our company’s Microsoft Strategic licensing Partnership identified reassignment of existing Microsoft licenses which can save more than $170M over the life of the contract. Using de-provisioning at a different customer were reduced Visio licenses by 66 percent in one year.

Our innovative approach takes maximum advantage of existing software licenses. We are limiting the requirement for new software licenses which drives down cost. The result is the efficient reuse of existing software assets, maximizing the return on investment on existing systems and tightly controlling new asset purchases.

Business Agility

Another challenge companies face is securing information–from in­tellectual property, to private em­ployee information maintained by Human Resources, to data shared with partners and consortiums. BAE Systems solves the struggle between “need to-know” and “need-to-protect” by giving companies the ability to protect and guard sensitive data while enabling collaboration and sharing with Secure Information Broker for Big Data (SIBA). BAE Systems integrates SIBA with Mi­crosoft’s SharePoint and controls access to documents and records with redaction capabilities down to the character level. The detailed tagging of documents and records within SIBA allows users to ac­cess sensitive information within a given document based upon their specific per­missions and the type of device being used to access the information. Best of all, SIBA is transparent for end users with a simple work-flow utilizing Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint. Only one copy of the document is stored within the database, preventing Big Data from getting bigger– enabling lower storage costs. SIBA also integrates seamlessly into legacy infrastructure. SIBA allows businesses to securely share information while empowering the business agility desired through collaboration with SharePoint.

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