Windows Client Migration
Case Study: How Windows 7 Boosted Betfair's Productivity
Betfair is a UK-based betting community that processes a whopping 6 million transactions per day. Needless to say, the company has a strong need for...
Betfair is a UK-based betting community that processes a whopping 6 million transactions per day. Needless to say, the company has a strong need for a robust, reliable IT infrastructure.
To that end, the company became an early adopter of both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, deploying betas of both before eventually rolling them out to new and existing servers and systems.
According to a Dell-sponsored case study of Betfair, the results were highly positive:
The Betfair IT team took a standard workflow and replicated it across various operating systems running on Dell laptops and desktops. "Our benchmarking tests revealed an improvement in performance of up to 20 percent when running a workflow using Windows 7. We're also seeing 10 percent fewer incidents, quicker application launch and faster completion of core tasks within applications," says [Betfair head of Microsoft and datacentre platforms Ian] Burgess.The company also realized improved energy efficiency, citing the power-saving Core Parking capabilities of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 as helpful in reducing power consumption. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization technology has offered "priceless" live migrations, allowing for improved uptime and less scheduled downtime outside office hours. Betfair supports about 1,500 users. If your company is close to that size, this is a case study well worth reading. Yes, it talks up Dell hardware, but it also demonstrates how various Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 technologies can really impact a company's bottom line.