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Autotrader.com

 

With limited visibility into key performance metrics across a complex system, capacity planning was a bit of a guessing game for the IT staff at AutoTrader.com. VMware vRealize™ Operations Insight™ software enables them to proactively manage system performance, troubleshoot issues before they affect the business, and achieve a whole new level of business insight. These capabilities enable the IT team at AutoTrader.com to minimize system downtime, drive up consolidation ratios, and spend far less time on tedious manual tasks.

“vRealize [Operations Insight] shows us what’s happening in our environment, precisely as it’s happening. This technology is able to marshal huge amounts of data to inform real-time metrics, all presented in a single pane of glass.”

— Chris Nakagaki, Virtualization Architect, AutoTrader.com

Baltimore City Public Schools

 

Baltimore City Public Schools, with 85,000 students, leverages VMware Horizon to deliver their Common Core PARCC online testing as well as in their efforts to promote Digital Equality for all of their students.

“I was very pleased as we did our first pilot of VDI for PARCC testing. The state took notice of Baltimore City, and it was a complete success.”

“Digital equality is a key strategy for Baltimore City Public Schools.”

— Dr. Kenneth Thompson, Chief Information Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools

Science Applications International Corporation (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.

“For our customers, vCloud Air represents an opportunity to create synergies between an existing vSphere install base and the investments they have already made in operational procedures. It’s familiar, and it’s less expensive and faster to deploy than some of the other cloud service provider options that are available.”

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

Science Applications International Corporation (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. With VMware vCloud Government Services provided by Carpathia, SAIC has been able to address most of the security concerns for most of their clients which has enabled them to offer hybrid cloud services to the government.

“We see vCloud Government Services as being almost a perfect platform for delivering enterprise IT that is inclusive of cloud but recognizes that there’s a much broader set of services that have to be delivered in the IT portfolio.”

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

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

 

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue near Portland, Oregon leverages the VMware RealTime Mobile Response Solution to deliver critical information to mobile first responders and public affairs personnel.

"I would recommend VMware Horizon virtual desktop technology to other agencies facing the same challenges. The benefits that we’ve seen in administration and extending our enterprise network into the mobile and field environment have just been incredibly valuable and incredibly successful."

— April Frezza, Logistics Director, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

Large U.S. Financial Institution

 

A large financial institution deployed the VMware vCenter™ Log Insight™ solution on four nodes supporting 450 hosts and more than 12,000 virtual machines. The solution manages millions of log messages every day. It replaced a homegrown log management environment that was inefficient and didn’t provide adequate visibility into the organization’s reporting infrastructure. Now, with the Log Insight solution, this organization can resolve challenges quickly and spot latent problems before they cause infrastructure issues that impact critical business applications.

“vCenter Log Insight is our primary troubleshooting tool. Root-cause analyses … are 50 percent faster, just given that we don’t have to wade through as many logs to find answers.”

— Assistant Vice President of Virtualization, Large U.S. Financial Institution

Hackensack University Medical

 

Hackensack University Medical Center delivers healthcare IT as a service with VMware vCloud for Healthcare. Providers are able to access Epic with "the right access at the right time to the right provider in the right format".

“Cloud computing is the game changer between the haves and the have-nots. We are now trying to analyze and understand how to make healthcare efficient. VMware cares about healthcare.”

— Shafiq Rab, M.D., MPH, Vice President and Chief Information Officer

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.”

— Alan Sprague, System Administrator, Oregon State University

EMC

 

Computer data storage company EMC deployed several components of VMware vRealize™ Suite to deliver database as a service (DBaaS). The solution dramatically accelerated database deployment, slashing delivery times by 99 percent. It also makes ongoing management of databases more effective, allowing administrators to quickly and easily make necessary changes. And it allows IT staff to be more responsive to business needs and strategic goals.

"With our database-as-a-service framework built on the VMware solutions, the business can get what it needs, when it needs it."

— Darryl Smith, Chief Database Architect, EMC

VMware IT

 

To improve service delivery agility and responsiveness to application developers and test engineers, VMware’s operations organization implemented VMware vRealize™ Suite to accelerate its application delivery process. By automating the end-to-end provisioning and test process as well as leveraging VMware internal private cloud infrastructure services, VMware slashed the time needed to deliver workloads to the development team, increased the predictability of provisioning tasks, and decreased IT costs. The result helped VMware become more agile by improving developer productivity while at the same time decreasing project risk and application backlog.

“By streamlining application delivery and ongoing management, VMware vRealize Suite frees up more time for development and allows IT to be more agile.”

— Job Simon, Vice President of IT Strategy and Architecture, VMware

MIT Media Lab

 

MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts is one of the many independent research labs within MIT. MIT is organized in departments, which do the academic teaching, and research labs, which carry out the research. 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 getting benefits from 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.”

— Michail Bletsas, Director of Computing, MIT Media Lab

University of New Mexico

 

The University of New Mexico comprises approximately 45,000 faculty, staff, and students with 100 departments and affiliates, and running about 660 VMs across the organization. Learn how the University of New Mexico is moving to a streamlined and automated private cloud model on VMware vRealize to gain a proper degree of centralization for infrastructure efficiency, while preserving a sufficient culture of decentralization for agility, innovation, and departmental-level control. Brian Pietrewicz, Director of Computing Platforms at UNM discusses the latest ways to manage cloud architectures and processes to attain the best of cloud efficiencies, while empowering improved services delivery and process agility.

“We're running a VMware stack and we're also running vRealize Automation. We've deployed the Self-Service Portal. We give departments, faculty members, or departmental IT folks the ability to go into the portal and deploy their own machines at will. Then, they are administrators of that machine. They also have additional management features through the vRealize Automation console so that they can effectively do whatever they need to do with the server, but not have to worry about any of the underlying infrastructure.”

— Brian Pietrewicz, Director of Computing Platforms, University of New Mexico

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

 

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office uses VMware Horizon to optimize access, productivity and response in their 911 dispatch center, while maintaining high levels of criminal justice information (CJIS) security.

"One of the biggest benefits we’re recognizing from Horizon is flexibility and the ease of management. There is no learning curve so it was really easy to adopt. When it was time to migrate over, it was just a simple matter of standing up the new virtual desktops in the new center without any interruption."

— Chip Lemons, Senior Lead Systems Admin, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Custom Window Systems

 

Learn how Custom Window Systems uses vCloud Air to go to market faster with new applications, to develop and test applications more efficiently and cost effectively, and to reduce overall CapEx.

“vCloud Air has allowed us to rapidly increase or capacity for application testing and deployment, to empower our users to provision their own resources, and to increase the reliability of our self-hosted services…all while allowing us to leverage the VMware platform that we are already familiar with and trust.”

— Dan Maxwell, Senior Systems Engineer, Custom Window Systems

Legacy Reserves

 

Learn how Legacy Reserves LP uses vCloud Air DRaaS as a comprehensive disaster recovery platform.

“Extremely efficient and easy to deploy. vCloud Air is worth every penny.”

— Cory Elliott, IT Director, Legacy Reserves LP

National Physician Services

 

Formed by physicians over 10 years ago, National Physician Services (NPS) is a healthcare technology company located in Hartford, CT. NPS provides technology solutions to healthcare providers to support the workflow of practices that increase efficiency, fulfill regulatory requirements and enhance patient care. NPS purchased and implemented VMware hybrid cloud solutions to develop and test applications, reduce their CAPEX infrastructure as well as use it for their disaster recovery implementation. Overtime, they have been able to reduce their RPO by 74% and their RTO by 90%.

“Using the VMWare vCloud Air platform, we now have the cutover capabilities to a mirror disaster recovery environment to ensure uptime for those critical systems our physicians use to threat their patients. This improves our ability to recover quickly from outages and allows us to reduce expenses from other technologies we used as contingency for any system issues. By utilizing the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery technologies, we have reduced our existing RPO by 74% and our RTO by 90%.”

— Bryan Graven, Chief Executive Officer, National Physician Services (NPS)

Pivotal

 

Pivotal, the company at the intersection of big data helps companies to transform into great software by using vCloud Air to run their mission-critical apps as well as to build, test and run cloud-native and mobile applications. They choose vCloud Air service due to the ability for them to use it with their existing VMware vSphere technology and the cost reduction they would get from using VMware.

“VMware vCloud Air is elastic, has lower-cost maintenance, has quicker deployment and has a global reach. It has been a solid start. Once we were up and running, it has been pretty seamless. VMware support is excellent and we will definitely continue to expand our use of VMWare vCloud Air to run more mission-critical apps for Pivotal.”

— Christopher Curtis, Vice President IT, Pivotal

San Francisco Ballet

 

With a mission to share the joy of dance with the world and also offer the highest caliber of training, San Francisco Ballet turned to VMware to provide them with a cloud solution that would be able to integrate seamlessly with their existing technology as well as offer them a good disaster recovery plan option. After implementing the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, they have seen benefits that range from cost reduction of their infrastracture as well as increased reliability of their applications.

“We needed a strategic disaster recovery plan consistent with our on premise infrastructure. To date, all is working as expected from VMware. From webinars to live demonstrations, all promises have been realized. All implementation and support calls have been a dream come true.“

— Murray Bognovitz, Director of Information Technology, San Francisco Ballet

Ideosity

 

Ideosity, a boutique technology consultancy with large global clients, needed to ensure that client data was safely backed up and could be easily recovered by a small IT team. With the VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ Advanced solution, data is backed up and replicated to offsite locations as an added measure of protection. Best of all, backups and replication that once took 12 hours or more can now be completed in less than three hours. Faster data protection means Ideosity can do more with existing hardware and its existing IT resources, saving time, money, and effort.

“I’ve virtualized with VMware and prefer backing up with VMware. With vSphere Data Protection Advanced, backups have gotten more sophisticated. It is cost-effective and reliable— kind of set it and forget it.”

— Rich Dase, Co-founder and CEO, Ideosity

Nevro Corporation

 

Learn how Nevro Corporation, a young company building its IT infrastructure from the ground up, selected the VMware vCloud® Air™ platform based on its compatibility with existing VMware solutions, and Silver Peak for its ability to accelerate data transfer to and from vCloud Air.

“The vCloud Air performance has been so overwhelmingly good, the integration into our existing platform has been surprisingly simple, and the people are so helpful, it’s hard to imagine a better vendor experience. When you deal with a large company like VMware, it’s great to have that sort of boutique hand-holding support experience coupled with great products.”

— Jeff Wilson, IT Director, Nevro Corporation
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