Starting in 2009, Columbia embarked on a company-wide initiative with VMware to virtualize its entire Tier 1 business critical SAP production environment. The objective was to create highly available, fault-tolerant, and disaster-proof business systems that could support faster time to market and reduce operating costs. The result is one of the most leading-edge IT infrastructures in the world. It provides Columbia Sportswear with a competitive advantage in a global market and aligns with the company’s aim of speed and innovation.
“It allows Columbia to compete in ways that none of our peers can. Our scalability enable us to respond to business demands at an industry-leading speed, and I don’t ever have to say no.”
Lakeridge Health Network
Lakeridge Health is one of the largest community hospitals in Ontario, Canada, serving more than 600,000 residents of Durham Region. Consisting of three acute hospitals, one specialty hospital, and several off-site facilities, Lakeridge Health manages more than 540 inpatient beds and employs more than 4,000 staff and physicians. Lakeridge Health is coming out of a multi-year capital freeze affecting IT. By deploying VMware Horizon™ (with View), Lakeridge Health now offers physicians bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and new remote access capabilities. Lakeridge Health also implemented VMware vSphere® to bring its data center and Meditech clinical system hardware up to date. Benefits include improved patient privacy and hospital safety; improved physician satisfaction and remote access to systems; better data center performance; and hundreds of thousands of dollars of savings in hardware costs.
“When we evaluated the systems side-by-side on value—in terms of price for functionality—there was no question that VMware was the best choice. We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars of difference.”
Phoenix NAP, a VMware vCloud Service Provider, Enables SureTax to Provide Secure, Highly Available Tax Calculation Services. To keep pace with rapid business growth without making a costly investment in computing hardware, SureTax engaged the Flexible Data Center Solutions platform by Phoenix NAP, an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider offering cloud services based on VMware vCloud® technologies. SureTax, which provides enterprises with real-time software-as-a-service tax calculations, used the private cloud and virtualized solutions to meet the privacy, performance, and high availability needs of its growing client base while realizing a rapid return on investment.
“We have the experience and skills to manage the hardware in-house. By using cloud platform solutions from VMware, we could meet the service-level, security, and privacy requirements of SureTax’s clients. And because our infrastructure is built on commodity hardware, we could pass on significant savings to the customer.”
To keep pace with rapid business growth without making a costly investment in computing hardware, SureTax engaged the Flexible Data Center Solutions platform by Phoenix NAP, an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider offering cloud services based on VMware vCloud® technologies. SureTax, which provides enterprises with real-time software-as-a-service tax calculations, used the private cloud and virtualized solutions to meet the privacy, performance, and high availability needs of its growing client base while realizing a rapid return on investment.
"Our new infrastructure helps us reliably meet clients’ service-level requirements, which creates high customer satisfaction."
Choice Hotels International, Inc.
VMware's Software-Defined Data Center at Choice Hotels. Choice Hotels International leverages VMware's Software-Defined Data Center architecture by implementing vCloud Suite Enterprise to optimize capacity, ensure business continuity and disaster recovery, and shorten the time to provision infrastructure and applications.
Discover how Planview uses vcloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery to provide disaster recovery services to their customers without building, managing, and supporting their own virtual infrastructure in another location.
“With vCHS Disaster Recover, it does not require us to spend capital to build a virtual infrastructure somewhere else. We’ll be able to offer our customers significantly better RPO and RTO without any additional costs.”
EMC implements VMware IT Business Management and IT Benchmarking to expand financial transparency and to deliver a true Bill of IT. The path to financial transparency and business insight is a dynamic journey. EMC needed a better solution that adapted with their changing needs, VMware ITBM provided that solution.
"We want to be able to make great decisions and deliver superior results, and a strong ITBM solution helps us do that."
The job of a 20-person IT team supporting 1,000 government employees gets more difficult when the County begins considering a major software upgrade. That’s what IT staff experienced in Hamilton County, located just north of Indianapolis. When Hamilton County had to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010, IT staff knew many of its PCs weren’t powerful enough to run them, so they looked to VMware and Unidesk solutions for help. In combination, VMware® Horizon View™, Unidesk, Dell storage and servers, and zero clients are enabling Hamilton County to achieve all of its desktop virtualization goals—from improved IT staff efficiency and enhanced workforce mobility to greater security and resiliency from desktop failure and disaster. The solution has increased IT agility by reducing provisioning times from hours to minutes, and improved anytime, anywhere employee access to data, applications, and desktops for all county employees.
“Desktop virtualization would allow us to reuse these PCs and extend their life. Plus, our public offices could introduce initiatives or application requirements at any time. Virtual desktops would give us a faster, easier way to respond to these requests while maintaining the high standards of security and service we are known for in our county.”
Creative Solutions in Healthcare
Learn how Creative Solutions in Healthcare, the largest owner and operator of skilled nursing facilities in the State of Texas, leverages the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service to cut costs by a third while delivering new services to care givers faster and more efficiently.
"This has been a total game changer for our Company. And I think it's going to be a total game changer for the entire Industry because if you can, for less than half the cost, if you can deploy solutions and you can do it in a fraction of the time, then what are you going to do? You're going to go out to your Users from an IT perspective and you're going to say, Bring It On."
Mecklenburg County chose Horizon View, over Citrix and Microsoft, to securely mobilize and empower nearly 6,000 county employees. This video takes a deeper look into Mecklenburg County's field workers, including Parks and Recreation and Youth and Family Services, who leverage mobile devices to access their virtual desktops while traveling throughout the county. Now they can securely access and input information on the go, to better protect and serve the community.
"Social workers have told us that getting immediate access to their applications and replacing their bulky paper case files with a small tablet has improved their safety. Without all of that paperwork, their risk of being targeting is lower. They enjoy coming to work more now. They say their travel time has been greatly reduced while their productivity and safety has been significantly increased."
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.”
This Federal Government customer wanted to reduce complexity by utilizing a solution that integrates natively with their VMware vSphere® environment. They also wanted to improve the reliability and consistency of recovering critical applications like Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server. They found vSphere Data Protection Advanced very easy to use and noted that they could meet the needs of their application owners, providing granular backup and object-level recovery.
“vSphere Data Protection Advanced gave us a reliable solution to back up critical data while being easy to learn and deploy. It reduced storage requirements as well.”
The educational institution was looking for a reliable solution to back up critical data. They chose vSphere Data Protection because it was easy to use and integrated with their vSphere platform.
“It is very important that our backup and recovery solution be well integrated with our VMware infrastructure.”
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.”
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.”
Somerset School District
K-12 education has changed dramatically in recent years. According to Sara Eichten, principal at Somerset Middle School in Wisconsin, “The Common Core State Standards have drastically changed what we need to be doing with our students in both English language arts and mathematics, as well as focusing on disciplinary literacy in science, social studies, and other related arts classes.” So in May 2013 when Somerset School District was selected to participate in a pilot program to test the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) platform to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, it looked to VMware for help. VMware® Horizon View™ helped ease the deployment of the rigorous testing platform and deliver a seamless user experience to students.
"With VMware Horizon View, we didn’t experience any technical issues when we did the [Smarter Balanced] pilot. People were concerned about audio sound quality, videos, mouse movements—those things that are critical in high-stakes testing—but we saw no performance issues whatsoever in our environment. The virtual environment performed the way we expected it to, and we’re very happy with the results.”
Millennium Pharmacy Systems
Millennium upgraded from VMware vSphere to vSphere with Operations Management to overcome growing economic pressures to drive down costs and inefficient management of IT infrastructure. The team deployed vSphere with Operations Management within a day and soon discovered that every VM was oversized.
“It was almost jaw dropping in terms of the memory and resources we would get back by using vSphere with Operations Management.”
Peconic Bay Medical Center
Peconic Bay Medical Center discusses VMware Horizon View and Siemens Soarian information access for their Healthcare technology needs.
Cornerstone Home Lending
Due to the poor Hyper-V experience, Cornerstone launched a thorough investigation into competitive virtualization offerings that would provide a stable and reliable architecture. In the end, the team chose VMware. Cornerstone implemented VMware vSphere with Operations Management, deploying 45 hosts and almost 100 virtual machines to provide visibility into past and present asset health through a unique, centralized console, and enable superior platform-wide management.
“For the first time ever we’re able to capacity plan, to look ahead and forecast what we’re going to need for the next one, three, or five years. This allows us to act proactively and give the business a clear model of projected costs along with a timeline. Ability to forecast capacity usage has changed the way Cornerstone calculates IT budgets. It gives us the ability to invest in IT the proper way.”