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Target To Use Microsoft Virtualization Platform Across 1755 Stores

US retail giant Target is planning on using Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization platform to run mission critical workloads across its 1,755 retail outlets.

Under the deal, Target will deploy 15,000 virtual machines across the country to virtualize inventory management, point-of-sale, supply-chain management, asset protection and in-store digital media in its retail outlets.

Microsoft said in a press release that Target will be scaling the deployment of Hyper-V virtual machines running on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V using applications like Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1, SharePoint 2007 and Exchange 2007.

The Windows maker also said that Target has also implemented Microsoft System Center platform to patch 300,000 endpoints including point-of-sale registers, servers and PCs. Target has reduced the number of physical servers it uses for computing by 8,650, allowing it to cut down on maintenance and operational costs.

Jeff Mader, vice president of Target Technology Services, said in a statement, “Target's investment in Hyper-V is a result of the strong technology partnership between our two companies.”

“With Hyper-V, Target can reduce our stores' server footprints without sacrificing the mission-critical application performance that contributes to a superior retail experience for our guests.” he added.

The deal with Target has provided a massive boost to Microsoft's virtualization and cloud computing ambitions.