In CIO magazine today, Sesame Workshop's Noah Broadwater discusses at some length the benefits his organization is seeing from virtualization using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with its built-in Xen hypervisor.
From the story:
"Sesame Workshop had been spending approximately $250,000 every three years on hardware and support for its Sun Solaris servers, Broadwater says. The new approach combined 25 virtual machines onto 4 physical servers within a blade center and reduced that cost to $24,000 every 3 years, he says. Broadwater's team also consolidated 10 servers including application, image and log servers onto 4 physical boxes. When done with its virtualization effort, the company will reclaim 2 racks worth of space in its already cramped data center, and reduce power consumption by 15 percent, Broadwater estimates."
As the CIO story headline says, those are some monster savings.