Physical IT infrastructure hinders growth of small firm

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IT Manager, Lodgen, Lacher, Golditch, Sardi, Saunders, & Howard, LLP

Scott Goldman

CPA Firm Finds ThAT The numbers Add uP wiTh VirTuAlizATion
Lodgen, Lacher, Golditch, Sardi, Saunders, & Howard, LLP (LLGSSH CPA) is a Los Angeles-based CPA firm with 60 employees. To support its operations, the firm had historically relied on physical servers to host its critical accounting applications and Windows-based infrastructure. Unfortunately, the firm reached a point where new applications were creating conflicts with applications already on the server. “As a small to midsized business, we don’t have unlimited resources,” says Scott Goldman, IT Manager at LLGSSH CPA. “We can’t have a physical server for each application.” Virtualization provided an effective way for LLGSSH CPA to tackle this challenge. The firm deployed VMware vSphere 4—the most trusted and reliable virtualization platform in the industry—onto servers with the latest Intel Xeon processors. “I like how Intel has integrated and enabled features within their chipset to work with VMware technology,” says Goldman. “For example, I can use enhanced VMware VMotion to livemigrate machines amongst different physical boxes—even if they have different generations of Intel CPUs.” Having a virtual infrastructure in place has enabled LLGSSH to quickly and easily provision dedicated Windows servers for new accounting applications, eliminating potential system conflicts and simplifying IT administration. “With virtualization, we are able to better compete against other CPA firms by deploying servers and additional services that we otherwise would not have been able to,” concludes Goldman.

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Guest operating systems: Windows 2003, Windows 2008 Virtualized Applications: SQL Server 2005, Microsoft exchange 2007, QuickBooks, Quicken, Blackberry enterprise Server, Prosystem fx Tax, Prosystem fx engagement, Prosystem fx Practice, Multiple versions of QuickBooks and Quicken, multiple tax applications, DnS, DHCP, domain controllers

Provide greater reliability for business-critical applications. “We’re an accounting firm—if we don’t have access to our applications, our accountants can’t do their work,” says Goldman. “It’s reassuring to know that features like VMware High Availability, VMware Distributed resource Scheduler, and VMware vMotion can work across all of our Intel-based machines.” Avoid $10k in storage costs. “The new Thin Provisioning feature of vSphere ensures that our virtual machines only take up as much storage space as they actually need,” says Goldman. “That has allowed us to defer a $10,000 SAn purchase for the time being.” Save tens of thousands of dollars in server costs. “We estimate $7000 in savings for each Windows 2003 instance deployed as a virtual machine instead of a physical box,” says Goldman. “And the power in Intel’s processors means that we can keep on adding virtual machines onto our VMware eSX hypervisors and still get all the performance we need out of our applications.”

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