Casio Cuts Costs with Xen Virtualization from Novell

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<p><strong>Waltham, Mass. &mdash; Aug. 14</strong><br />Novell has announced that global electronics giant Casio Computer is using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell with integrated Xen virtualization software to reduce the cost of consolidating servers while improving flexibility compared with alternative, proprietary virtualization software. </p><p>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.</p><p>&quot;Server virtualization gives Casio the ability to reduce software and hardware costs through highly efficient consolidation,&quot; said Norihito Kuniyoshi, managing director of Casio Information Service Co., the subsidiary in charge of managing Casio&#39;s IT. &quot;Based on our initial results, we estimate the software cost of Xen and SUSE Linux Enterprise for virtualizing Windows systems is just 10 percent of competitor solutions. The difference is even greater if you consider that other solutions require more expensive hardware. Also, the security offered by the alliance between Novell and Microsoft was a factor in our decision.&quot;<br /><br />By enabling Casio to run multiple Windows and Linux servers on a single physical server, the Novell technologies will significantly reduce costs and increase flexibility. </p><p>With Xen and SUSE Linux Enterprise running on virtualization-aware Intel and AMD processors, Casio can consolidate multiple Windows and Linux servers. This means more virtual systems can run on each new physical server, keeping the cost of ownership low. </p><p>Casio expects to reduce its total number of physical servers by half using both Xen and its current virtualization solution.<br /><br />&quot;As Casio reduced its cost of virtualization to around 10 percent of the alternative solution, the company achieved the consolidation of Windows systems with little or no effect on performance,&quot; said Roger Levy, Novell senior vice president and general manager of open-platform solutions. &quot;That kind of return on investment underscores the value of open source innovation found in SUSE Linux Enterprise.&quot;</p>

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