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VIF International Education & VMware

 

User traffic on VIF International Education's Learning Center, an online professional development platform for K–12 educators, grew by more than 500 percent in one year, but its on-premises IT infrastructure couldn’t keep up. This mission-critical service was running on a single server blade without power or network redundancy, leading to unacceptably high downtime. By moving to the VMware vCloud® Air™ platform, VIF gained vastly higher availability and near-unlimited scalability, improved resource utilization by 300 percent, and reduced its IT systems management workload.

VIF International Education builds global education programs that prepare teachers and students for success in an interconnected world. Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the firm supports teachers, schools, and school districts with programs for professional development and curriculum, language acquisition, and cultural exchange. VIF is proud to be a B Corp, certified to meet specific standards for social and environmental performance. VIF is dedicated to developing globally competent citizens with the skills to thrive in an increasingly global marketplace.

“VMware vCloud Air represents for us the opportunity to deliver on our mission to deliver global education for all.”

— David Young, CEO, VIF International Education

Bloomington Public Schools

 

Schools Put IT Savings Back into Kids and Classrooms with VMware NSX

To improve security, efficiencies, scalability and lower costs, IlliniCloud (Bloomington School District) turned to a VMware-powered Software-Defined Data Center underpinned by VMware NSX – the network virtualization and security platform.

“We estimate that each educational institution that joins our cloud can potentially cut its annual IT spending by 30 to 50 percent, freeing up money for other important educational needs while getting tighter security and data protection.”

— Jason Radford, Head of Cloud Operations, IlliniCloud/Bloomington School District

Columbia Sportswear

 

Columbia Sportswear Gets Extreme on Software-Defined Data Center Strategy

A Briefings Direct podcast on how a major sportswear company has leveraged virtualization and hybrid cloud to reap substantial business benefits.

“With our business changing and growing as quickly as it is, and with us doing business and selling directly to consumers in over a hundred countries around the world, our data centers have to be adaptable. Our data and our applications have to be secure and available, no matter where we are in the world, whether you're on network or off-premises. The SDDC has been a game-changer for us. It’s allowed to take those technologies, host them where we need them, and with whatever cost configuration makes sense, whether it’s in the cloud or on-premises, and deliver the solutions that our business needs”

— Tim Melvin, Director of Global Technology Infrastructure, Columbia Sportswear

DIRECTV

 

DIRECTV leverages Socialcast to boost productivity and accelerate innovation

The DIRECTV Latin America leadership team wanted a way to break down geographical communication barriers and facilitate information sharing across the region. Socialcast made it easier to share best practices, find answers fast, and align executives and employees.

“I find Socialcast to be a highly effective communication tool for a global workforce.”

— Jacopo Bracco, President DIRECTV PanAmericana

Perforce Software

 

Perforce Software experiences flexibility, cost savings, and faster time to market with vCloud Air

Perforce software is used to manage teams of developers and their software and hardware products across all industries. Ed Horst and David Ackerman describe the deployment and use of vCloud Air and how that benefits their global customers.

“One of the unique things about vCloud Air is their willingness to setup SLAs or guaranteed ability of that system for the ones that are running in the vCloud Air environment. That’s critical to us. It’s hugely critical to our customers. Many of them will walk away from cloud options around that issue alone.”

— Ed Horst, Vice President of Business Development, Perforce

Perforce Software

 

Perforce Software enables global teams to speed development and lower cost with vCloud Air

The most innovative companies rely on Perforce to connect their teams, protect their intellectual property and support their development. Watch Perforce President and Founder Chris Seiwald discuss how vCloud Air has impacted this business. Their products are now a SaaS solution, giving their global customer base access to their intellectual property faster and more cost effectively.

“What we find is that the world is moving towards the cloud. Everybody knows that.”

“vCloud Air is unique in that it offers a virtual datacenter that can split across being on-premises and also in the cloud. And for us that is a critical factor because the way we manage our data requires some of it to be local and some of it to be centrally managed.”

— Chris Seiwald, President and Founder, Perforce Software

ACI Specialty Benefits

 

Virtualization with Intelligent Operations Enables 55% Increase in Performance for ACI Specialty Benefits

Facing hyper-growth, ACI Specialty Benefits needed to ensure the company’s infrastructure was poised to proactively support the business. ACI moved to a virtualized data center and deployed vSphere with Operations Management in order to effectively load test, ensure adequate resources to handle demand, and onboard new customers more quickly and effectively. The company can now run applications at high service levels and maximize hardware savings through 40% higher capacity utilization and 50% higher consolidation ratios.

With the added visibility throughout its IT infrastructure, ACI has seen a 25% decrease in time spent on diagnostics and problem resolution. As a result of the operational efficiencies, the IT team is freed up to take on additional strategic initiatives.

“The first time looking at that single pane of glass was very surprising for us to see all of our different VMware infrastructure – at the data center, at headquarters, everywhere. Being able to see where we stood was a game changer.”

— Ryan Fay, Chief Information Officer, ACI Specialty Benefits

Columbia Sportswear

 

To meet growing global demand for its outdoor apparel and accessories, Columbia Sportswear required an infrastructure-as-a-service platform that would support its Microsoft-based business application portfolio. To improve IT and business productivity, Columbia wanted a service that would perform like a virtual extension of its on-premises data center and operate using its current management tools. Columbia chose VMware vCloud® Air™, realizing immediate cost savings and gaining a robust modern platform to support new application development.

“With vCloud Air, my team can be more efficient, users get an absolutely consistent experience, and we’re able to provide the same level of support we always have.”

— Carlos Tronco, Lead Systems Engineer, Columbia Sportswear

SAMEX Environmental Services

 

A video featuring SAMEX Environmental Services as they discuss how VMware vCloud Air has changed their IT environment giving them the technology needed to communicate with their customers so as to provide them with personalized services to be able to manage waste management. Founded in 1994, they have maintained qualified staffs that are able to help with pickup of the hazardous waste, transport them as well as storage options. All these are done with great flexibility, transparency, and promptness in a secure environment that is compliant with legal and environmental regulation.

“Our company, we are very familiar with VMware. We did all these migration because we knew how VMware works. We has seen agility, efficiency and cost reduction since we moved to vCloud Air.”

— Juan Manuel Vahena, IT Manager, SAMEX Environmental Services

Legacy Reserves

 

VMware customers discuss how vCloud Air is changing the way they do business by providing them with flexibility which enables them with new innovations.

A video featuring vCloud Air customers as they discuss how VMware changes the way they do business. Customers featured include: Perforce Software, Legacy Reserves, Custom Windows System, Cloud Business, Carisbrooke Shipping, Bluefin Solutions, Iatric and Nevro Corp.

Nevro Corporation

 

VMware customers discuss how vCloud Air is changing the way they do business by providing them with flexibility which enables them with new innovations.

A video featuring vCloud Air customers as they discuss how VMware changes the way they do business. Customers featured include: Perforce Software, Legacy Reserves, Custom Windows System, Cloud Business, Carisbrooke Shipping, Bluefin Solutions, Iatric and Nevro Corp.

Iatric Systems

 

VMware customers discuss how vCloud Air is changing the way they do business by providing them with flexibility which enables them with new innovations.

A video featuring vCloud Air customers as they discuss how VMware changes the way they do business. Customers featured include: Perforce Software, Legacy Reserves, Custom Windows System, Cloud Business, Carisbrooke Shipping, Bluefin Solutions, Iatric and Nevro Corp.

Custom Window Systems

 

VMware customers discuss how vCloud Air is changing the way they do business by providing them with flexibility which enables them with new innovations.

A video featuring vCloud Air customers as they discuss how VMware changes the way they do business. Customers featured include: Perforce Software, Legacy Reserves, Custom Windows System, Cloud Business, Carisbrooke Shipping, Bluefin Solutions, Iatric and Nevro Corp.

Perforce Software

 

VMware customers discuss how vCloud Air is changing the way they do business by providing them with flexibility which enables them with new innovations.

A video featuring vCloud Air customers as they discuss how VMware changes the way they do business. Customers featured include: Perforce Software, Legacy Reserves, Custom Windows System, Cloud Business, Carisbrooke Shipping, Bluefin Solutions, Iatric and Nevro Corp.

Flushing Bank

 

Flushing Bank Enhances Security and Modernizes Branch Banking with VMware Horizon

Flushing Bank leverages VMware virtual desktops to address one of the most important challenges in banking today – ensuring customer data is as secure as possible.

"VMware was the key to resolving our security concerns with desktops. Our experience has been positive and we’re looking forward to more deployments with VMware."

— Alex Gellerman, Vice President, Systems Infrastructure, Flushing Bank

VIF International Education

 

VIF International Education runs its Global Learning Platform Three Times Faster with VMware vCloud Air

VIF International Education, headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, provides an exchange program for international educators who want to teach in the United States, and offers educational programs and resources to develop global citizens.

When usage for its Learning Center platform grew from 1,500 to more than 8,000 users in one year, the platform experienced outages and bandwidth issues that impacted the user experience. By migrating to vCloud Air, the platform has 99.999 percent availability, providing a consistent experience for teachers, while using only one-third of the compute resources as the on-premises facilities.

“Using VMware as our platform gives us the opportunity to only be limited by what we think we can do. We know the platform is going to work regardless, so it's one less step we have to worry about when planning for a big project. We know it'll do what it is that we need it to do; we're only limited by our imagination as far as what ideas we have to make global education happen.”

— Mark Haney, Senior Systems Engineer, VIF International Education

Menlo College

 

Menlo College Leverages VMware Horizon Desktop Virtualization to Support Multiple Use Cases

Menlo College, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, uses VMware Horizon virtual desktops for a variety of use cases including supporting computer labs, classroom instruction, financial administration, recruiting, and on-boarding new faculty and staff.

"VMware has clearly made a strong investment in education. I think VMware virtual desktops can be very powerful within institutions of any size."

— Allan Chen, CIO, Menlo College

Pacific Disaster Center

 

Pacific Disaster Center uses VMware vCloud Air to protect data and critical applications, enabling global emergency managers to respond to natural disasters world-wide

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) is located in the state of Hawaii, with its headquarters on the island of Maui. PDC uses information, science, and technology to enable effective evidence-based decision making and to promote disaster risk reduction concepts and strategies. The Center provides multi-hazard warning and decision support tools to facilitate informed decision making and critical information sharing, supporting appropriate and effective actions. PDC also conducts advanced risk assessments that integrate hazard exposure with socio-economic factors for vulnerability and capacity, so the disproportionate impact on populations can be better understood, and then mitigated through improved preparedness and planning processes. By running on VMware vCloud Air, PDC is able to protect its data and native applications in the cloud from natural disaster—keeping public users and emergency managers around the world connected in real-time.

“Our overall experience with VMWare has been incredible. We've been very fortunate to have the support that you've given us. And your products are exceptional. They've allowed us to come up to speed on getting machines up and running within 15 minutes, getting environment that would take us weeks up and running in hours. So we're really excited."

— Debra Cohn, IT Infrastructure Manager, Pacific Disaster Center

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

 

Software-Defined Data Center architecture enables rapid development and service innovations at SAIC

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is a McLean, Virginia–based systems integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC’s primary customer is the United States government, but its 13,000 employees also deliver systems engineering and integration offerings for large-scale government and commercial projects across the globe. SAIC prides it-self on delivering effective, competitive technology services and solutions to its clients.

“Now we can respond rapidly to customer requests, and we can create unique, differentiated solutions more cost-effectively.”

— Coby Holloway, Vice President and Service Line Director of Cloud Computing Technologies and Business Transformation Services, SAIC

Outdoor Research

 

Outdoor Research provides innovation and inspiration for the relentless adventurer, and develops innovative, functional, “bomb-proof” products that are beautiful in their efficiency and their simplicity. The company is ever-improving stewards of the environment, working to minimize its environmental impact and access and educational efforts of a variety of admirable nonprofit outdoor organizations.

“This has been an excellent learning experience for us with the VMware hosted solutions. We will likely leverage more opportunities in the future such as hosting more of our locally managed workloads, or the Disaster Recovery offering because of this experience. The VMware Sales team has been great to work with, the Technical Support team has been extremely responsive and we are on a ‘happy path’ for our hosting solution!”

— John Prince, IT Director, Outdoor Research
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