Electronics maker Casio Computer has begun using Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, with integrated Xen virtualization software, to reduce the cost of consolidating servers while improving flexibility compared with its proprietary virtualization software.
Casio is using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and the paravirtualized drivers in the SUSE Linux Enterprise Virtual Machine Driver Pack to consolidate Windows and Linux servers to improve productivity by standardizing communication tools, and to promote better IT control and cost efficiency.
By enabling Casio to run multiple Windows and Linux servers on a single physical server, the Novell technologies should significantly reduce costs and increase flexibility. With Xen and SUSE Linux Enterprise running on virtualization-aware Intel and AMD processors, Casio can consolidate multiple Windows and Linux servers. This means that more virtual systems can run on each new physical server, keeping the total cost of ownership low.
Casio expects to reduce its total number of physical servers by half using both Xen and its current virtualization solution.
Server virtualization gives Casio the ability to reduce software and hardware costs through highly efficient consolidation, said Norihito Kuniyoshi, managing director of Casio Information Service Co Ltd, the subsidiary in charge of managing Casio’s IT.