By utilizing Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Telenor has dramatically reduced the cost needed for test, development and demo environments, reduced the time to make the environments available to the project, and saved on long term investment in hardware that would have only be used in the short term.
With SharePoint 2013 running across its Windows Azure Virtual Machines enabled network, Telenor saw immediate benefits and ROI in four key areas:
- Resources. There were no longer any resource limits. All environments can be scaled down, or even removed completely and recreated, when needed.
- Speed. Because of virtualization and automation, physical servers and the time to acquire and provision them were no longer necessary. A whole server, including the installation and configuration of all software components on the server can be scripted. A complete SharePoint Farm can be fully automated and ready in just a few hours, not weeks.
- Cost. With Windows Azure Virtual Machines “pay as you go” structure, server resources can be switched on and off as needed to save money. Additionally, when additional servers are needed for scale and load testing over short periods of time, these units can be brought online as needed and then removed when finished, with only the actual usage time billable.
- Portability. In Windows Azure, a virtual machine is exactly the same as a virtual machine on Windows Server. It can be freely moved between on-premise physical servers, servers at a company’s hosting providers, Windows Azure, and back again as need.
“Because of Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Telenor saved 70% on test, development and demo that could be turned off when finished to minimize their capital outlays,” says Marius Pedersen, associate systems architect, Microsoft, Norway. “They loved how quickly they were able to implement, and the scalability of the solutions, all without the need for a huge capital investment. There was simply nothing else that could solve their overall big picture for this deployment like Windows Azure Virtual Machines.”
“Testing a big new deployment like this is essential to success, but development and testing can take up a lot time and it normally requires that we buy many extra servers that, once testing is concluded, we don’t really need anymore. And that costs us considerable money and other resources,” Andreas Høgberg, Director, Telenor. “That’s why Windows Azure Virtual Machines was such a good solution for us. We could develop and test using IaaS instead of investing in servers at our hosting providers. The time savings throughout the process was enormous. We’re eagerly looking forward to taking advantage of all the benefits of SharePoint 2013.”
Windows Azure Virtual Machines for development and testing delivers substantial benefits to any enterprise involved in team based development work through virtualization and automation. As savvy companies incrementally shift workloads to Windows Azure Virtual Machines to reduce costs and increase speed and agility, they’ll reap even more of the benefits available from moving IT networks to the Cloud.