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Adobe

 

VMware Virtual SAN Helps Adobe Realize Vision of Software-Defined Data Center

As subscriptions to Adobe Marketing Cloud increased, the storage team had difficulties scaling the platform because of the legacy direct-attached storage (DAS) architecture. Since a traditional storage-area network (SAN) solution would be too expensive and complex and a physical overhaul of the storage infrastructure was out of the question, the team explored a virtual solution. After all, Adobe’s computing resources were already virtualized using VMware vSphere—why not do the same for storage? Adobe explored VMware Virtual SAN and determined it was exactly the kind of solution they needed. The results? Virtual SAN not only delivered a cost-effective solution, it also outperformed traditional SAN and DAS solutions. And since system administrators can operate Virtual SAN with no additional training, Adobe can devote their highly skilled storage experts to strategic projects and increase overall operations efficiency.

“Virtual SAN is a highly efficient solution compared to a traditional SAN or DAS approach. By aggregating storage into a single resource pool, Virtual SAN enables us to be much more cost conscious.”

“We can stand up a chassis with Virtual SAN in just hours,” van Rooyen says. Plus,“Virtual SAN has automation capabilities that allow us to deploy compute resources and storage resources as a single operation—in minutes, not hours or days.”

— Frans van Rooyen, Cloud Architect, Adobe

Buffalo Public Schools

 

Buffalo Public Schools Delivers Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device Access to Coursework with a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) was challenged by aging personal computers, out-of-date software, insufficient device access, and an inconsistent user experience across its campuses and classrooms. Many existing computers were slow to boot, required constant maintenance, and were difficult to upgrade. With a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) based on VMware Horizon®, BPS students and teachers now enjoy powerful, personalized workspaces and the latest software tools, consistently available at any time, in any location, on any device.

“With the BPS desktop, our students can now continue working on their projects at home, at their own pace, or in groups with their friends. It’s available to them 24 hours a day.”

—Carmen Robles, Instructional Technology Coach, Buffalo Public Schools

"Our plan is to have BPS desktop installed in every computer lab and on every desktop in all of our campuses and administrative offices.”

— Bill Russo, Director of Instructional Technology, Buffalo Public Schools

The VMware VMworld Mobile App

 

VMworld Connects, Engages, and Impresses Conference Attendees with a Next-Generation Mobile App

The VMworld organizing team wanted a best in class mobile app that would enable the best possible experience for conference attendees. They wanted an app that would set new benchmarks for ease of information access, personalized communication, real-time content delivery, and user engagement. The app also needed to be radically scalable, secure, and easy to integrate with on-premises corporate information systems and cloud-based services. Raw Engineering met the challenge by building a new mobile app with its built-io mobile backend-as-a-service platform and the VMware® vCloud® Air™ platform.

“@TheBurdweiser – The #VMworld #VMworld2014 mobile app is great this year! Very easy to navigate.
@craigeherring – #vmworld nice vmworld app!
@Hekl – Loving the #VMworld14 app! Fantastic for keeping track of all the events happening! #nolimits
@JULIAN_WOOD – The #VMworld app has a Twitter client embedded that prepopulates tweets with #vmworld. Cool!
@HANSDELEENHEER – #vmworldselfie hahaha (taken from within #VMworld iOS app) http://t.co/ZOe4jvAMNd
@AmyJordana – Lovin the #VMworld mobile app! T-minus 2 days til lift off! #tradeshowlife
@PeteAtLTG – @VMworld app looks much improved this year. “

— Customer Tweets, VMworld 2014

VIF International Education

 

VMware vCloud Air at VIF International Education

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.

“Our goal is to provide International education and experience s to students everywhere regardless of their background or location and to do this, we need to find very scalable programs that we can build that can expand broadly across large territories and school districts and countries and to connect these students with teachers all around the world in a way that is scalable, user friendly and efficient and cost effective and we have to have a partner that can grow with us and that’s why we are excited about our partnership with VMware.”

— Mark Haney, Senior Systems Engineer, VIF International Education

City of Avondale

 

City of Avondale Establishes Business Continuity and Protection for Critical Services with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery and vSphere

After implementing a hybrid cloud solution based on vSphere, the city of Avondale determined that it was positioned to take a major leap with its backup and disaster strategy. The city had local backup services for fast recovery. However, it had aims for a regionally separate disaster recovery site in case of a major catastrophic event in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. City staff saw emerging as-a-service options as a means to allow Avondale to achieve its business resumption goals at a level of cost and ease unavailable in the past.

“We reached our goal of 70 percent virtualization in just over a year within a year of using vSphere. VMware continuously advances its technology and provides options that allow us to build onto its solutions. As a CIO, that's critical when looking at strategic investments.”

— Rob Lloyd, CIO, City of Avondale

Transact Payment System

 

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery is Changing how VMware Customers do Business

Have you ever wondered how a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy could be implemented in the cloud? What applications can you protect in the cloud? Can you simplify your environment at a lower cost? What are the core benefits achieved as a result of implementing disaster recovery in the cloud, verses an on-premises solution? On March 25th, 2015 8.00 am PST, we hosted a Google+ Hangout event featuring VMware experts and our customers as they provide a technical deep-dive into the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery service. They shared some of the challenges they faced as well as best practices for solutions to those challenges and ways the service has helped their various businesses.

“The cost difference between doing it yourself versus hosting it on VMware was really something that was attractive to us. And it only took us about six months from the day I joined The Hut Group to the day that we were able to stand up and test a fully functioning website. We never failed a production but we were able to replicate the full production databases out of the full production website and to do that within 6 months makes me feel very good but it also gave the executives comfort that they knew that we now had a solution which would be useful and known when we came to have a disaster.”

— Schalk vd Merwe, IT Director, The Hut Group

Synergent

 

Synergent Taps VMware NSX for Micro- Segmentation and IT Automation in the Software-Defined Data Center

Synergent created a cloud-based multi-tenant environment built on VMware vCloud Suite Advanced and deploy VMware NSX to virtualize its network.

“Given our work in the financial sector, security is very important to us, and the ability to do micro-segmentation was critical to our selection of VMware NSX,” says Jackson. “We explored doing this at the hardware level, but quickly realized it was not feasible. The proven success of the NSX platform, and the integration of other industry leaders such as Arista Networks and Palo Alto Networks, helped solidify our decision.”

— Trever Jackson, Enterprise Infrastructure Architect, Synergent

California Natural Resources Agency

 

California Natural Resources Agency Gains Agility Across Multiple Agencies Through a Software-Defined Data Center Strategy

A Briefings Direct podcast on how a large state agency is harnessing virtualization to do more with less and remain agile and efficient.

“We consider VMware a strategic partner. We basically only want to work with business partners. We don’t want to work with vendors, because we don’t need someone to sell us something and walk away. VMware has been hand-in-hand with us for this whole journey.”

“From looking at VMware, virtualization is the standard. If you don’t take it on, then you really won’t be able to respond to business needs. When the official IT organization becomes obsolete, there are going to be ad-hoc IT organizations and those would become the norm. If you want to be relevant, you have to use every tool set that you can to provide the business needs.”

— Michael Hom, Data Center Chief in the IT InfrastructureServices Branch for the California Department of Water Resources

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.

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