Zebra Technologies Masters a Massive Merger
with a Hybrid Cloud Using VMware NSX and
When Zebra Technologies bought Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business in 2014, it also acquired 700 new applications and a massive daily hosting bill. To handle the influx, the company transformed its internal data center facilities to create a VMware-based private cloud. It extended that environment with the VMware vCloud® Air™ Dedicated Cloud service and chose VMware vRealize® Suite to manage the resulting hybrid private-public cloud secured by VMware NSX®. This tightly integrated environment delivered the flexibility needed to quickly migrate the Motorola workloads, retire the legacy hosting expense, and launch on-demand infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
“You need to have all these pieces: the Software-Defined Data Center, the public cloud service, the automation, the security, the operational visibility, and the financial transparency. VMware has sewn it all into a single software solution.”
Southern States Cooperative
Southern States Cooperative Deploys Hundreds of Virtual Desktops with VMware in Less Than a Month
Southern States Cooperative wanted to standardize application delivery and centralize resource access for retail and agronomy locations along with field sales teams. Lacking a standardized method for deploying applications or monitoring point-of-sale activity in real-time, Southern States sought a virtualized platform capable of supporting more than 200 locations along with corporate office staff, without slowdown. Leveraging VMware Horizon® 6 Enterprise Edition, VMware Mirage™ and VMware App Volumes™, Southern States successfully deployed a fully virtualized solution in just one month with minimal resources.
“VMware Horizon has given us the ability to deliver software faster across our retail and sales teams. By being able to standardize our point-of-sale and information systems on a single platform, we're able to guarantee what the end user experience will feel like.”
Peirce College Delivers Reliable Online Classes with VMware vCloud Air Solution
Peirce College is a leader in online education, and it offers nationally ranked online bachelor’s degree programs. As it expanded its online classes, Peirce needed a stronger technology infrastructure. Its previous colocation facility was expensive and prone to crashes, and its data-transfer rate was limited to 2GB an hour. When Peirce implemented VMware vCloud® Air™ Virtual Private Cloud for its data center, it increased data speed, cut costs, and achieved rock-solid reliability in the cloud.
Peirce College provides practical, career-focused education for working adults through high-quality and affordable classes. Founded in Philadelphia in 1865, Peirce was one of the first accredited colleges in the United States to offer complete online degree programs. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly named the college’s online bachelor’s degree programs among the nation’s best.
"Moving to VMware was a no-brainer. I know VMware works and works well. Everything has been rock-solid and easy to manage."
Zebra Technologies Handles Massive Motorola Merger with VMware vCloud Air Solution
Zebra Technologies builds logistical solutions that identify, track, and manage critical assets, people, and transactions. The company's end-to-end solutions combine mobile computers, scanners, specialty printers, radio-frequency identification (RFID) labeling, software, and services to give physical things a digital voice and provide companies with visibility into their business. Headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Zebra operates in 81 countries and employs a workforce of more than 7,000.
When Zebra Technologies bought Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business in 2014, it acquired 700 new applications and a massive hosting bill. By transforming its internal data center facilities to create a VMware private cloud, and by extending that environment with the VMware vCloud® Air™ service, Zebra created a hybrid private-public cloud with the scalability and flexibility to quickly migrate the Motorola workloads, retire the legacy hosting expense, and prepare for future growth.
"We have a cloud service provider who wrote the code that runs the cloud. If there's a problem with vCloud Air, VMware doesn't have to call anyone else. That made this a very simple decision."
Zebra Technologies Rapidly Delivers Digital Workspaces Post Acquisition with VMware Horizon Air
Founded in 1969, Zebra Technologies Corporation started out as a leader in barcode printers and readers, providing companies with real-time manufacturing and logistics. In 2013, Zebra added to their portfolio of tracking and visibility technology with the Internet of Things (IoT) platform, Zatar. In 2014, Zebra acquired the enterprise business unit of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and now more than 7,000 employees in more than 110 offices around the world support the development and sales of Zebra software and hardware solutions. Zebra holds more than 4,200 asset management technology patents and employs more than 1,700 engineers. That commitment to innovation has landed Zebra on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2016. Today, Zebra’s primary mission is helping its global customer base, including more than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, harness real-world data for actionable business intelligence. Zebra Technologies needed to provide a digital workspace that would allow both existing and newly acquired employees to access the company network from anywhere. IT was exploring a hybrid-cloud approach for desktops to provide that flexibility to remote developers outside of headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illin. IT had been testing dinCloud for their Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution for about a year. However, end users complained about the product’s performance. For instance, when users moved their mouse, it dragged across the screen due to keyboard mapping issues that impacted response time.
"The performance was great, and the ease of deployment was really what sold Zebra on Horizon Air. It is incredibly easy to spin up a couple hundred desktops quickly. VDI became a huge success for us to get people onto Zebra’s network right through their basic Internet port.”
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.”
California Natural Resources Agency
Hybrid Cloud Management Unifies California Natural Resources Agency
The California natural resources agency is a collection of 28 different agencies many which had their own dedicated IT departments. The goal was to consolidate and share a common infrastructure yet give each group has their own autonomy in terms of resources, security, network traffic, etc. The Central IT group became an independent provider of infrastructure and application services that resided both on premise and in the public cloud. The ability to dynamically place workloads and stretch their infrastructure by utilizing vCloud Air was extremely beneficial to delivering IT service more efficiently. vRealize Suite automated the delivery of services and then allow proactive monitoring while allowing IT to better understand costs and share that info with the business. The result is IT being perceived as a business enabler while at the same time reducing operational costs by 30% and increasing capacity by 300%.
California Natural Resources Agency
CNRA Changes the Way They Do Networking with VMware NSX and vRealize Automation
The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) needed to find a way to meet the rapidly growing needs of 33 different organizations for secure, reliable and high performing infrastructure and applications. CNRA infrastructure is based on VMware’s Software Defined Data center to configure compute, storage, networking and security services. VMware NSX allows network and security to be configured dynamically to meet the unique needs of each business. vRealize Automation provides the appropriate governance regarding networking and security policies. The combination not only allows CNRA IT to accelerate time to market for their different organizations while also improve reliability of the services delivered and lowering costs. CNRA has been able to increase technology delivery capabilities by 300% while reducing costs by 30%.
California Natural Resources Agency
IT Transformation at California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA)
The California Natural Resources Agency’s mission is to protect and manage the natural resources in the State of California. CNRA is a collection of 33 different agencies which had their own dedicated IT departments. The goal was to consolidate and share a common infrastructure yet give each group has their own autonomy in terms of resources, security, network traffic, etc. VMware has been on the journey with CNRA from day one. The result is IT being perceived as a business enabler while at the same time reducing operational costs by 30%, increasing capacity by 300% and faster time to market.
A.T. Still University
A.T. Still University greatly improves firewall performance and security with cost-effective VMware NSX solution
ATSU revolutionized its schools and clinics with the cost-effective security solution, VMware NSX, which increases firewall performance, meets HIPAA compliance, automates services, and improves agility, resulting in more affordable tuition and better healthcare services.
“VMware NSX is the most revolutionary development in our data center security in more than a decade. Not only do we save a significant amount of money in hardware costs, the micro-segmentation available through VMware NSX provides a dramatically more secure design than we could get with a physical firewall with DMZs.”
Secure-24 Lowers Costs, Speeds Deployment, and Gains Flexibility by Virtualizing SAP HANA with VMware vSphere Solution
As a certified SAP partner, managed cloud services provider Secure-24 has hosted systems using the SAP HANA in-memory database since it was released in 2010. Yet unlike the majority of the applications Secure-24 hosts, SAP HANA was only available as a dedicated physical appliance—until recently, when SAP opened the door to virtualizing SAP HANA via the VMware vSphere® platform. Today, Secure-24 offers a more flexible SAP HANA service at a significantly reduced cost utilizing vSphere virtualization. Founded in 2001 in Southfield, Michigan, Secure-24 provides managed hosting and private cloud services to medium and large global enterprises. With a focus on application hosting, Secure-24 relies on more than 500 employees and a network of Tier IV and Tier IV+ data centers to deliver highly secure and highly available services that scale to meet clients’ evolving business and budget requirements.
“There’s a clear and growing desire in the marketplace to be able to take advantage of the power of SAP HANA without a huge capital outlay. VMware allows us to fulfill that desire by offering a virtualized solution.”
Sungard Availability Services
VMware Expertise and Professional Services Speed Time to Market for Sungard AS
With help from a VMware Dedicated Enterprise Technical Account Manager, Sungard AS stays ahead of the technology curve to bring agile, resilient, and innovative new services to market quickly.
“We work with our TAM on everything from aligning technology roadmaps to getting educated on new products that VMware is developing. The goal is to continually improve our existing offerings, while introducing new services that benefit our customers.”
Cardinal Health’s Shared Services IT Increases Efficiencies with Help from VMware’s Technical Account Manager Improving Customer Access to Growing Healthcare Services
Cardinal Health relies upon their VMware TAM to drive strategic plans and implementation, support the Shared Services IT department and provide for existing and future growth so the business can better service its customers and their patients.
“As an expanding Shared Services IT organization within Cardinal Health, we continue to partner with VMware for both virtualization technology and VMware Professional Services expertise. Our customers demand reliable and timely products and services to best serve their patients. Our IT team makes this available and with VMware’s help is better positioned to support all the ongoing acquisitions and future plans.”
VMware Hyper-Converged technology Helps Baystate Health Provide a Higher Level of Care While Cutting IT Expenses
Baystate Health, one of the leading healthcare providers in the nation, must evolve continuously to offer the highest-quality care. To support this mission, Baystate embarked on an update of its entire IT infrastructure in 2014. It turned to VMware technology, specifically vSphere, Virtual SAN, NSX and Horizon to design and build a new virtualized data center, and to deploy 10,000 virtual desktops to allow clinicians and administrative personnel to access the corporate network while on the go.
“Based on the requirements of up-time, integration of all the different siloes and essentially the seamlessness of the architecture, VMware is, as far as we’re concerned, the proper choice – pretty much the most solid approach to hyperconvergence.”
Designer Pages and VMware vCloud Air
Designer Pages was conceived in 2007 with a crude napkin sketch and a lofty vision to reshape the way the architecture and design industries do business. They build tools that help designers find great products and connect with the manufacturers that make them. Designer Pages is located in New York City, which is the largest design market in the world and it’s the hub of all architects and designers. Being located in New York has made it easier for customers to access their solutions.
Having seen the problem with large firms in New York City that were struggling enormously with information management, specifically around products being selected for buildings, Designer Pages decided to deliver for these design firms by providing a product selection and specification platform that would serve as knowledge portal for firms so that every single product selection was accessible indefinitely.
Designer Pages is currently using VMware vCloud Air to host their main company’s website – customer facing as well as other app servers such as load balancer and SQL.
"We wanted to focus on building something that would be valuable for our customers. We did not want to focus our time dealing with technical infrastructure that we knew we would be able to scale ourselves. We decided to move our software to VMware because we knew it would ultimately make us a better business."
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.”
Clover School District
Clover School District Rejuvenates Aging Computer Labs with VMware Horizon and VMware Virtual SAN
Clover School District had all but abandoned its computer labs in favor of personal iPads and MacBook Air laptops for every student. Then the state of South Carolina announced new, mandatory Windows-based standards for online testing. Instead of a massive capital investment in new desktop PCs, the district opted for a virtual desktop environment based on the VMware Horizon® 6 platform, and a new hosting platform powered by VMware Virtual SAN™ hyperconverged storage. The results: Like-new desktop performance, a secure and compliant test environment, lower capital and operating costs, and a more resilient infrastructure.
"I am a huge fan of VSAN. Traditional SANs require a lot of babysitting, we noticed we had TBs of overprovisioned storage. With VSAN we were able to buy just what we need. We cut costs by 75% and don’t need to babysit storage anymore. System resiliency is great – VSAN allows the show to continue without disruption in case of hardware downtime."
Women's College Hospital
Women's College Hospital Gives Caregivers Fast, Reliable Clinical Information with EpicCare Ambulatory EMR and a VMware Private Cloud and VDI
Women's College Hospital was building a medical center to pioneer new ambulatory treatment practices. It needed an IT environment to make clinical information and systems easily accessible to caregivers. By launching a new EpicCare electronic medical records (EMR) solution on a VMware private cloud and delivering it to users through a VMware Horizon® 6 Standard Edition virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), the hospital cut data delivery times for clinicians and enabled its lean IT team to easily manage the environment.
"If your virtual infrastructure isn't rock solid, you're going to spend cycles trying to fix it. But that's the last thing on my mind with this environment. It is rock solid."
Mansfield Oil Uses VMware vSphere with Operations Management to Increase IT Utilization with Visibility into the Health of IT Systems
Mansfield Oil, a large, fast-growing leader in the energy supply, logistics, and services industry, relies on VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™ to virtualize its IT resources and monitor the health and utilization of its IT systems. The company is now able to fix IT issues proactively, before they become problems; identify underutilized resources and reclaim them as needed; and accurately forecast the need for additional IT resources.
"The flexibility and scalability we have gained from VMware enables us to be a true partner to the business."
"Capacity planning drove our adoption of VMware vSphere with Operations Management, and we now know where we stand in terms of IT capacity and utilization, and where we are headed."
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.”