VMWare announced that the city of Aurora, Colorado will use their management and visualization suite VMware Infrastructure 3 for different systems within the city. These systems include applications used by the town’s fire and police departments. This system will help deliver numerous services to town residents while consolidating the information technology resources.
With the VMware program, the town has downsized their 70 boxes down to 5, with each box running close to 20 VMs. By simplifying the management system and consolidating it as well, the town estimates that it will save their taxpayers thousands of dollars. Features include applications like VMotion technology, which has helped ensure application availability by allowing the IT staff to move VMs during routine maintenance of physical hosts or when potential problems come up. Another feature, the VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler, adds or reduces resources for specific applications as demand ebbs and flows.
The system has worked so well for the town that they achieved 100 percent ROI in a mere 90 days. Most of the town’s applications run in either Windows or Linux. Applications used by the town include a mobile application for police and fire officers, a self-serve GIS mapping system for residents, Remedy Help Desk, Blackberry Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Stellent document management, and payment and permit processing applications.