MIT Media Lab
MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts is one of the many independent research labs within MIT. During VMworld 2014, Michail Blatsas, who runs the group that takes care of computing infrastructure for the lab, talked about how they're exploring the use of cloud and hybrid cloud and seeing the benefits of VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery.
“A solution like the vCloud Air allows us to look at a real disaster scenario, where something really catastrophic happens at the campus, and we use it to keep certain critical databases, including all the access tools around them, in a farther-away location.”
MIT Media Lab
VMware Webcast Series: Cloud Based Disaster Recovery in Action
No business likes to be vulnerable to downtime or loss of data. However, the complexity and expense of traditional disaster recovery solutions force many businesses to make tradeoffs, and operate with only a limited or no disaster recovery plans. VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery introduces native cloud-based disaster recovery capabilities for VMware vSphere virtual environments. Join us for this webcast and learn how recovery-as-a-service solution is helping businesses protect their environment by using the cloud. Customers featured in this webcast include: MIT Media Lab, National Physicians Services (NPS) and Plainview.
“VMware vCloud Air is easy to use and requires minimal maintenance.”
Montgomery County Deploys Desktop Virtualization and Mobility to Better Serve Its Citizens
Montgomery County needed to respond to mobile and remote access demands from various employee constituencies—from field health workers to judges and sheriffs. It needed an environment where employees could access all their desktops, applications, and online services remotely and securely, from any device on any platform, with single sign-on. It found just that with VMware Horizon, a desktop and application virtualization solution, and AirWatch by VMware, an enterprise mobility management platform to ease desktop and device management for Montgomery County’s IT while boosting employee productivity, protecting sensitive citizen data and cutting costs.
“I never needed to sell this technology to anyone—it sells itself. Users never notice the system is virtual. We have no complaints about speed or performance.”
MVS consulting is an IT consulting company and their goals were to improve business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) capabilities. They needed a reliable solution to back up critical data while providing flexibility and granularity. They were also interested in reducing storage costs by using enterprise-class deduplication technology at a low price point. While using VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced solutions, they found that the VMware integration and storage efficiency were important advantages over other solutions. These capabilities led to overall cost savings and ease of use. They found that vSphere Data Protection Advanced was a good solution to help them meet line of business needs in an agile manner.
“It improved our agility to meet line of business needs and it is easy to deploy.”
Navicure a leading Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse that helps physician practices increase profitability through improved claims reimbursement and staff productivity. Discover how they plan on using vCloud Suite and vCenter Operations Management Suite to manage their virtual environment.
"vCenter Operations Manager will allow us to drill down into symptoms that we're seeing and be able to identify the root problem"
Healthcare claims company Navicure is gaining better control and optimization across its IT infrastructure thanks to a comprehensive monitoring and operational management approach built on VMware.
"vCenter Operations Manager is key to understanding your infrastructure. If you don’t have it today, you're going to be very reactive to some of your pains and the troubles you're dealing with. It allows you to project where you're growing and where you need to put your money into resources, whether that's more storage, compute resources, or network resources."
NetApp delivers secure, seamless virtualized desktops and applications for nearly 10,000 users in 12 days using VMware Horizon
NetApp® wanted to improve its security within the engineering environment with secure virtual desktops to enhance employee productivity and provide access to resources from anywhere. The company needed centralized desktop management to quickly deliver a robust desktop environment to employees and enable employee workflow simplification. Leveraging VMware Horizon®, NetApp successfully deployed virtualized environments globally to nearly 10,000 users in 12 days. Users have secure access to internal resources within a familiar desktop experience across devices and NetApp corporate offices.
“We’ve been able to increase productivity by enabling engineers to start and stop work whenever they need to. Engineers don’t have to be chained to their desks in order to get work done securely. Whether building code on a work laptop or reading internal wikis on a phone, employees can access a secure environment from all devices without a diminished experience.”
This video montage, which aired during Bill Fathers keynote session at VMworld 2014, features customers using vCloud Air. SAIC, Iatric Systems and Perforce Software discusses how VMware vCloud Air is changing the way they do business and how they have benefited.
“The ability to have vCloud Air be a transparent extension of our VMware environment allows us to prototype new applications internally and then deploy them to vCloud Air within a push of a button.”
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.
North Carolina State University
There is no substitute for experience when it comes to operating powerful machines. As part of Naval ROTC training at NC State University, midshipmen learn how to drive any vessel in the U.S. Navy fleet. NC State University Libraries deployed VMware Horizon View to securely deliver a virtual environment with the 3D graphics required for ROTC training. Authorized users can securely access the entire simulated training environment in software from a multipurpose creativity studio. Yet 3D virtualization isn’t just for training, NC State University students, faculty, and staff in other disciplines can also use virtual desktops to access critical 3D design software such as SolidWorks and AutoCAD.
“Naval ROTC is using Hunt Library resources for a simulation program that gives us the flexibility to build different scenarios, different classes of ships, train the students, and then tear that training down in an instant and move the resources over to something else. That flexibility is exactly what universities need in the future.”
North Carolina State University
Everywhere you look on today’s university campuses, you see devices—from laptops to smartphones to tablets. NC State University is no exception. It set the model for how to successfully embrace leading-edge technology and the bring your own device (BYOD) trend with the opening of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library in April 2013. In support of NC State University’s blended learning vision, VMware Horizon View enables anytime, anywhere, any-device access to applications and data, including demanding 3D graphics applications. Desktop services are available anywhere they are needed—on or off the campus—fully supporting a distributed computing environment and student, faculty, and staff device preferences.
“The Hunt Library is the visible lighthouse that says this is a technology leader and it’s everything from the high resolution rooms where you can do innovation to the virtualized desktops that allow students, faculty, and staff to use their services anywhere, anytime they need them.”
Northrim Bank believes that customers deserve the very highest level of service. VMware Horizon View is helping the bank meet its “Customer First Service” goals by enabling workforce mobility between headquarters and branch offices, and serving as a critical component of the bank’s “branch in a box” high-availability solution. Horizon View—together with Cisco UCS E-Series Servers and Atlantis Computing ILIO data-storage technologies—reduces costs, keeps the bank in compliance, and enables always-on access to applications for business-critical processes performed by management, bank tellers, and loan originators.
“With Horizon View, provisioning desktops, which used to be a very difficult, very manual task has become automated and it’s easy for us to deploy not just one or two, but 10 or 20 desktops within a few minutes. With the ability to have different snapshots, different versions and different gold images, we can tailor the user desktop to the business need.”
NTT Data North America uses VMware Technologies to Optimize Infrastructure and Deliver a Private Cloud
Headquartered in the United States, NTT Data North America provides consulting, staffing, outsourcing, and cloud services. In 2008, NTT Data North America’s India development center virtualized its infrastructure to reduce server sprawl and reclaim datacenter real estate. As cloud based infrastructure as a service models matured, NTT Data North America’s India development center decided to transform the way it provided infrastructure resources to developers. The business used VMware IT Business Management to optimize its infrastructure investments. By late 2015, the center was preparing to launch a private cloud based on VMware vCloud Suite into production.
“VMware IT Business Management also enables us to customize values to more accurately reflect the returns we are achieving on our investments. For example, I can calculate and input a higher value for a server purchased in 2015 than a server purchased in 2010, and add the necessary changes to the cost of a virtual machine being used by a particular business unit.”
OGL Computer Services
OGL Computer Uses VMware App Volumes Solution to Grow Services and Save Costs in Citrix Environment
Small to medium-size enterprises in the United Kingdom rely on OGL Computer for a range of cloud services, on-premises solutions, and IT support. But OGL’s launch of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) services was stymied by the overhead of its Citrix solution and the limited functionality of other VDI delivery technologies. By implementing the VMware App Volumes™ application management solution, OGL built a multitenant VDI environment that delivers an extensive range of applications to customers in real time, with full application functionality on any device. It also reduces OpEx and CapEx.
“A really big thing for us is that App Volumes gives all applications 100 percent functionality, just as if they were installed natively to the underlying OS. App Volumes delivers huge advantages in provisioning, ongoing support, and customer satisfaction.”
Oregon State University
The IT department at Oregon State University manages two open-use computer labs and one computer-equipped classroom. Because of financial restrictions, the university had originally purchased all of its servers with local storage, but that infrastructure could not handle the school’s growing workloads, and it required time-consuming upkeep. The university turned to the new VMware Virtual SAN product, which addresses these and other concerns while offering a simple and scalable solution that fits within its budget.
“Before Virtual SAN, we had no ability to scale. Now… it’s a piece of cake; if I want to add additional capacity, I just add an additional server. I don’t have to worry about whether my SAN can grow or not.”
Perfect Health: OSIS Provides 100 Percent Uptime for Its Healthcare Clients with VMware
OSIS cannot tolerate downtime. Community health centers rely on OSIS to host their healthcare applications, and if those are unavailable, patient care will suffer. After struggling with outages for years on the Microsoft Hyper-V platform, OSIS migrated to VMware vSphere with Operations Management and achieved 100 percent uptime of IT systems.
“We had bad experiences with Hyper-V. Practically my first day on the job, one of my first questions was, ‘Why don’t we have VMware?'"
"Moving to VMware has freed up a lot of time for the entire team.”
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!”
Pacific Disaster Center
Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) uses information, science, and technology to enable effective evidence-based decision making and to promote disaster risk reduction (DRR) 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.
“vCloud Air has been great. Customer service has been wonderful along with technical support. The time to deploy applications has been halved and in some cases cut even further.”
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."
Pacific Disaster Center
Pacific Disaster Center Ensures Availability of Emergency Response Information
Located on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Pacific Disaster Center has a front-row seat for the hurricanes, volcanos, tsunamis, and other natural disasters that are part of living in the middle of the world’s largest ocean. When natural disasters occur anywhere in the world, emergency professionals and the general public get up-to-the minute information from PDC’s global hazard atlas. In addition, the center develops emergency monitoring software, conducts advanced risk assessments, and offers educational services.
“We recently customized DisasterAWARE for customers in Vietnam and Indonesia. When the custom applications were ready, we simply pushed the virtual machines down to each customer’s VMware environment, eliminating the need for onsite installation and configuration.”