Microsoft Cuts CodePlex Hardware by 55 Percent; Capacity Doubles, TCO Drops by 88 Percent
IT executives are being asked to cut the costs of their companies’ computing systems—without affecting performance, availability, capacity, or other key metrics. Sounds impossible, but Microsoft has found a way to do just that for its popular CodePlex open-source development project hosting environment, by updating the architecture with Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, a part of the Visual Studio 2010 family of products. The use of the software enabled a 55 percent reduction in hardware and its associated costs, a performance increase of up to 95 percent in some operations, and 100 percent uptime. The slimmed-down architecture supports twice as many projects as before. The total cost of ownership (TCO) savings, compared to scaling the previous architecture to support the same number of projects, is an 88 percent of total hardware, software, and management costs.