To meet growing demand for its services, the IT department for the government of the Canary
Islands needed to expand and update its existing VMware virtualization environment. The new
solution had to offer high performance, scalability, security, and operational efficiency. After an
exhaustive research process, the IT department chose Red Hat? Enterprise Virtualization. In just
four months, it successfully migrated 100 physical servers running approximately 1,000 virtual
machines on VMware to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization—all while keeping the department fully
functional and without impacting users. This migration also improved the consolidation ratios
of virtual machines per host, and resulted in budget savings of up to 70% compared to previous
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“Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is certified with
leading hardware and software manufacturers and
offers the best security guarantees for our critical
environments. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization has
provided us with specific, advanced features to help us
manage our virtualized infrastructure more efficiently.
Key factors for our decision to migrate to Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization were its cost-effective price
point and its excellent performance in the industry.
RobeRto MoReno Díaz
general manager of telecommunications and new technologies,
government of the canary islands
of the Canary
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the government of the canary
islands upgraded its virtual
platform to increase capacity—
from seven virtual machines
per physical server (1/7) to
twenty-seven virtual machines
per physical server (1/27).
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the administrative structure of the canary islands is composed of multiple ministries, each with its
own IT department and computing resources. The General Office of Telecommunications and New
technologies manages telecommunications, information technology, and data communication for
the canary islands. it handles all horizontal applications for businesses in the region.
it also manages vertical applications and egovernment services, and provides support for
electronic processing, corporate websites, and third-party applications.
the main challenge facing the government was upgrading its existing vmware-based virtualization
infrastructure, which could not keep up with the organization’s growing workloads.
during the initial virtualization process in 2007, most of the physical servers were not equipped for
virtualization. over time, demand from applications hosted on virtual machines soared,
resulting in an increase from two clusters and 40 hosts in 2007 to six clusters and more than
160 hosts in 2011. the government faced booming organic growth that led to an increase in
virtualization investments and to uncertainty over total costs.
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when considering options for updating its virtualization platform, the government of the canary
islands found it couldn’t meet new budget requirements while achieving high performance,
scalability, security, and flexibility with proprietary virtualization solutions.
the government established two key goals:
1. Promote convergence between horizontal and vertical growth by bringing physical machines up
to maximum capacity, thereby reducing the number of hosts, increasing efficiency, and reducing
2. adopt a virtualization solution that reduces the cost of ownership as much as po