Microsoft announced today that Target's retail stores are using Microsoft virtualization technology to run business-critical workloads on 15,000 virtual machines. Target is using Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V to virtualize inventory, point-of-sale, supply-chain management, asset protection, and in-store digital media:
Minneapolis, Minn.-based Target Corp. serves guests at 1,755 stores in 49 states and operates 37 national distribution centers. Earlier this year, Target scaled its deployment of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V to every U.S. store in the chain. Applications, ranging from Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1, SharePoint 2007 and Exchange 2007 to third-party, line-of-business software, can now be deployed and managed more quickly, with 8,650 fewer physical servers to maintain, power and refresh.