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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Queensbury Union Free School District – Server Virtualization Technology (2012M-10)


Released: May 25, 2012 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to determine the potential cost savings related to the implementation of server virtualization for the period July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.

Background

The Queensbury Union Free School District (District) is located in the Town of Queensbury in Warren County and is governed by a nine-member Board of Education. The District’s 2010-11 budget was approximately $53.4 million, of which $693,000 was for information technology.

Key Finding

  • The District currently uses a virtual configuration for most of its server needs. There are 12 physical servers at the District. Of those 12, there are three virtual host servers that host 26 different virtual servers (machines). By changing its server set up, the District was able to realize almost $98,000 in cost savings over its five-year replacement period for its computer resources.

Key Recommendation

  • Continue to invest in virtual servers.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

Phone: (518) 474-4037; Email: localgov@osc.state.ny.us
Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236