The move is designed to reduce hardware costs and simplify deployment.
After testing by the BMW IT Research Centre in North America and Germany, the car manufacturer is going to deploy virtualised datacentre solutions using Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10 with the open source Xen hypervisor on x86 servers using Intel dual-core processors.
BMW said the deployment will allow it to increase flexibility in managing server life cycles. BMW will also gain operational and cost advantages in other areas, in addition to having a flatter support structure through the integrated operating system and virtualisation layer, said the car firm.
Hardware resources can also be more efficiently used through server consolidation, and BMW is able to cluster virtual servers and migrate them live from one physical server to another as needed.
The company is also currently evaluating Novell Zenworks Orchestrator as a way to manage the resulting virtual datacentre systems.
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