December 16, 2008 - Riverstone Residential Group, the largest privately owned residential management company in the U.S., virtualized nearly its entire Windows application environment on VMware’s management and virtualization platform, VMware Infrastructure 3.


RRG manages over 192,000 apartment units in 29 states and the District of Columbia. The company’s acquisition strategy resulted in a compound annual growth rate of more than 100 percent. That rapid growth put a heavy strain on the company’s server and storage area network resources and pushed its datacenter to the limits.


Since deploying VMware Infrastructure, disk failures that were commonplace have been replaced with increased application availability. Dozens of hardware servers have been consolidated onto four physical hosts running 84 virtual machines.


“We can’t say enough great things about VMware,” said Ty Brewer, chief information officer at Riverstone Residential. “It’s been a big part of our company’s success. We now have the flexibility and scalability to support our rapid growth. Instead of seven to10 days to buy, install and configure a new box, we can provision new VMs in less than an hour. That makes IT much more responsive to the business. And the pooling of virtual resources has eliminated concerns about disk failures. In fact, VMware Infrastructure has performed so well that it’s now a core component of our disaster-recovery strategy.”


Over 95 percent of RRG’s application environment is virtualized.

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