City of San Antonio consolidates servers with Sun virtualization technology
By chhandomay on Oct 19, 2009
of San Antonio, Texas (CoSA) is home to more than 1.5 million
people, and provides multiple online services to its residents
including bill payment, career assistance, licensing, permits, and
public safety information. CoSA employees also rely on access to
applications and data for use in daily work activities including
financial systems, HR software, and public safety applications used
by the police and fire departments.
Over time, the city's server infrastructure had struggled to keep pace with its service delivery, and CoSA was running out of room in its data center. The CoSA IT department needed to also upgrade its IT infrastructure to reduce maintenance costs and enhance services. CoSA already had a long-established relationship with Sun and felt that leveraging Sun's SPARC servers as a platform for the Solaris 10 Operating System and Solaris zones provided the best opportunity for ROI with its virtualization technologies and energy-efficient mainframe-class servers.
(Image courtesy: City of San Antonio)
environments, decided to consolidate its SAP NetWeaver systems on Sun
SPARC Enterprise M5000
servers. CoSA also migrated from the Solaris 9 OS to the Solaris
10 OS to take advantage of Solaris Zones and allow multiple
applications to run in isolation from one another on the same
physical hardware. The solution also includes Sun
Blade 6000 Modular systems and multiple Sun
Fire T2000 servers with energy-efficient CoolThreads technology.
Finally, CoSA replaced 80 physical Windows servers with 12 Sun
Fire X4600 M2 servers as a VMWare virtual infrastructure platform
in its Windows environment.
Sun's server and virtualization solution allowed CoSA to consolidate from 16 to 4 racks of servers, and reduce the datacenter footprint for these workloads by over 85%. The solution has also helped CoSA reduce the maintenance overhead, giving administrators more time to deploy new systems that benefit the city and its residents. The consolidation has helped the city achieve considerable cost savings and CoSA expects to realize a full ROI within two and a half years based on the reduced support costs alone. Kevin Goodwin, the assistant director for CoSA IT department said: “Sun's enterprise-class virtualization technologies have served the City of San Antonio well. They're a critical component of our overall IT transformation and optimization strategy, allowing us to rapidly deploy highly available server capacity to meet the city's changing business needs while saving money in the process.”
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