VMware Workspace Suite Improves the Mobility, Security, and Productivity of Mecklenburg County Workforce While Reducing Local Government Costs
The Mecklenburg County technical services team chose to deploy VMware Workspace Suite—over Citrix and Microsoft solutions—to securely mobilize and empower nearly 6,000 county employees. As part of the North Carolina county’s “One Person, One Device” initiative, executives, Youth and Family Services social workers, Park and Recreation employees, and Food Service inspectors use phones, tablets and virtual desktops to securely access and input information on the go. Now more productive employees reach and serve constituents more effectively while delivering the county an average of $3.2 million per year in cost avoidance.
“The benefits of using VMware Workspace Suite are in hardware cost avoidance and time savings. It equals out to be about $3.2 million cost avoidance per year for the organization. That’s money that we can put back into services for the citizens of Mecklenburg County.”
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"We looked at the whole technical landscape, and we came to a really simple conclusion. We knew we were going to build an internal cloud to put our core internal operation platforms on. How do we operate faster, cheaper, better, and more secure? VMware was the choice.”
“In five months, we set up this infrastructure. We moved 141 apps onto the infrastructure and we had 9 helpdesk calls. So guess what? It works. It really works.”
“We have gone from the Flintstones to the Jetsons in less than 18 months."
“It’s literally ‘click a button’ to provide services and capabilities out to the business. We operate in minutes and seconds, not days and weeks.”
Heartland Payment Systems
VMware Software Defined Data Center at Heartland Payment Systems
Heartland runs secure transactions on VMware Software Defined Data Center, networking and storage solutions to offer small to medium sized merchants security protection to compete and grow as entrepreneurs in the global marketplace. Heartland’s rapid growth in the eCommerce field keeps them focused on virtualizing their technology infrastructure in order to handle their diverse products and platforms while managing industry risk and optimizing performance.
“Every single one of the transactions that we process runs on VMware so we are utilizing more of the VMware environment now like vRealize Automation stack to put in those governance steps that need to happen on the back end while delivering infrastructure faster to our customers.”
“Once we took a step back and realized what we were doing and the really better ways we could go about leveraging virtualization, software defined data center, software defined networking, software defined storage, we really kind of had an ah-ha moment.”
“Software defined data center is a big initiative for us. We want to get to the point where everything for us is software and configuration. We believe VMware has that similar vision.”
La Salle Primary School
La Salle Primary School, based in Hong Kong, build a mobile learning platform using VMware Virtual SAN and VMware Horizon.
La Salle Primary School is leading the way for integrating IT with teaching in Hong Kong. They are enabling every student to use mobile learning on different devices and platforms with the help of VMware virtualization solutions like VMware Horizon View and VMware Virtual SAN.
La Salle Primary School chose VMware Virtual SAN technology to centrally manage storage for their servers alongside the VMware Horizon solution to deploy virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), saving significant hardware costs and footprint as well as the workload on internal IT and technical support staff. They now have a true VDI environment where students can smoothly and reliably access a common virtual environment and set of applications whether they are on campus computers or on their PCs and mobile devices.
“Compared with traditional server storage methods, VMware’s Virtual SAN technology can bring us higher cost efficiency, stability and ease of management.”
"We are no longer need to install required software or applications on each computer. This has in turn reduced memory and storage consumption, significantly reducing the burden on the school in terms of hardware. Equally important is that it has reduced the workload of our technical support staff and set a positive example in energy saving and sustainable development for our students.”
Shanghai Police College
Virtual SAN enables Shanghai Police College to build a high performance storage architecture
The Shanghai Police College was founded in 1949 and is the only college in Shanghai to offer full-time programs for individuals wanting to join the police force. It is also the only police academy in China to be included by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance as part of the first cohort in the Model Higher Vocational Colleges scheme.
Faced with operational management pressures and high IT costs, the Shanghai Police College embarked on a project to improve utilization of IT resources and cut down storage costs. They chose virtualization solutions from VMware, viz. vSphere and Virtual SAN, to provide hardware consolidation and rebuild their IT infrastructure. This enabled them to build a dynamic, flexible server and storage architecture, optimized for high performance, at a significantly lower TCO compared to traditional storage. Shanghai Police College have deployed several teaching and library applications along with knowledge and video databases on Virtual SAN. They plan to increase their Virtual SAN environment in the future.
“By using VMware vSphere 5.5 with Virtual SAN, we have simplified our management and operational processes while reducing costs, so we can move a steady step toward SDDC and the ‘Educational Cloud’.”
VMware NSX Gives Baystate Health Security & Agility
Baystate Health found that VMware NSX is the model for healthcare networking, allowing them to be both highly secure and extremely agile in a rapidly changing environment.
“Both NSX and VSAN in the socket-based licensing model of VM allow us to predict our costs much more effectively, which is what the CIO has been big on.”
Exostar Uses VMware NSX for Security & Automation
By separating networking and security functions from the underlying topology, Exostar is seeing the benefits in security, automation, and application continuity that were previously unreachable without VMware NSX.
“So we chose NSX over the competitors such as Cisco, ACI, simply because of market adoption. NSX has gained much more momentum in the marketplace and seems to have broader acceptance by the partner ecosystems than the competitors that are coming up.”
Tamkang University Software Cloud Runs on Virtual SAN and Horizon View
Tamkang Software Cloud, built by Tamkang University’s Office of Information Services in 2013, is designed to improve the university’s software utilization and meet the mobile application needs of its faculty and students. They chose VMware Horizon View as the desktop interface coupled with VMware Virtual SAN as their hyperconverged infrastructure platform to build a scalable, efficient cloud through which students could access software resources on their own mobile devices anytime, anywhere.
“VMware is the leading company which can provide us trusted products and technologies. Since the target users of the Software Cloud are 28,000 faculty members and students, we cannot risk ourselves to use technologies that have not been market-tested. Our students will be able to develop 3D applications though the software cloud, with Virtual SAN providing software-defined storage on the back-end for lower TCO.”
Columbia Sportswear Transforms Business Operations with Cloud Management Platform
Columbia Sportswear is an innovative leader in the apparel and footwear space, providing products for outdoor, active lifestyles in over 100 countries around the world, through E-Com, direct-to-consumer and wholesale channels. Founded in 1937, a lot of who Columbia is comes directly from its matron Gert Boyle, reminding employees to try new things, to do things just a little bit better than before, and to represent Columbia as the global brand that it knows it can be.
Columbia’s technology solutions are on the bleeding edge to stay ahead of where the business is going—not react to it. Its global business transformation leveraging VMware’s Cloud Management Platform is successfully influencing the way Columbia does business.
“All of what we've been doing around global business transformation is getting ready for us to grow. Whether it's organic growth, adding a brand, or reaching out into new consumer markets, all are pushing what we do with technology, how we reach people, how we connect with them and how we respond to their needs.”
“We feel that the software defined data center and the next steps are going to be critical to long-term success, and cause improvements in our business on a constant basis and yet challenge our people to feel good about what they're delivering every day.”
VMware Automation and DevOps Solutions at Columbia Sportswear
Founded in 1937, Columbia Sportswear is a family-owned business with thousands of employees and operations spread around the globe. With the mission to design and deliver authentic, outdoor, high-value products for active consumers of all ages, the company makes high-quality sportswear that keeps customers comfortable and protected, wherever their excursions take them.
VMware has given Columbia Sportswear the wonderful capability to reduce silos and to blur the lines between application developers and operations. The biggest challenge it faces in the retail space today is the ability to operate at the speed of business and remain nimble and agile for growth.
“As we go forward, we are really looking for application developers to think more like operations and our operations to think more like application developers. vRealize Automation has given us that capability to have those groups as well as security and other interested parties sit side by side to collaborate and to figure out what capabilities need to be brought online. And as those capabilities have been created in templates and blueprints, they can be re-used and actually handed off to those teams to for self-provisioning and management.”
Hybrid Cloud at Columbia Sportswear
At Columbia Sportswear, you will find that one size doesn’t fit all in terms of their infrastructure. In some places where intellectual property or other concerns are really important, they will use their private cloud while for less sensitive or more commoditized, they may look at a hybrid or a public cloud offering. It’s all about matching the workflows with the right delivery and hosting mechanism for their business. VMware is really now leading not only inside your data center but helping Columbia leverage things outside where they can have cloud and scale things in and outside of their walls leveraging the tools that VMware has and that they can consistently do things whether it's in their private cloud or in a public cloud or a hybrid.
“In managing Cloud assets today, it is not really about whether they are on public or whether they are in a private Cloud or whether they’re in a hybrid Cloud, it’s about understanding and having the confidence that you can manage those assets wherever they are.”
Keck Medical Center of USC
USC’s Keck Medical Center Accelerates Virtual Machine Provisioning with VMware vRealize Automation
The IT team at USC’s Keck Medical Center was struggling to promptly fulfill new virtual infrastructure requests from its fast-growing medical research organization while also supporting the daily operations of two busy hospitals. To improve service quality and reduce administrative workloads on its engineering team, the Keck Center implemented self-serve provisioning with the VMware vRealize™ Automation™ solution. The new system has reduced fulfillment intervals from more than two days to less than one hour while liberating IT staff for higher-value activities and facilitating new research partnerships worldwide.
“I knew that vRealize Automation had the feature set we needed. I knew it would allow us to hand off resource authorization and get new virtual machines deployed with a minimum of human interaction in the process.”
Enhancing the Retail Employee Experience – Columbia Sportswear Company
Columbia Sportswear Company uses AirWatch to deliver mobile applications and secure hundreds of iOS devices in its retail stores. Employees can leverage retail applications on in-store iPads to track sales, store performance and scheduling without being tethered to a computer in the back office.
“AirWatch has given us the ability to do mobile device management from a central location.”
“To have our distribution center supervisors and managers on the floor interacting with their staff instead of locked behind a computer has been a positive capability.”
Halton Regional Police Service
Halton Regional Police Service Dramatically Improves Information Access for 911 Dispatch Operators and Expands Mobility with VMware Horizon and AirWatch
The job of 911 dispatchers is stressful by nature. The efficiency of Halton Regional Police dispatchers was being challenged by the service’s existing remote access system that continuously froze and/or locked dispatchers out, causing intolerable delays in receiving information.
Halton Regional Police Service deployed VMware Horizon to deliver reliable and flexible virtual desktops to its 911 dispatchers and reduce their stress. Additionally, they deployed AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management for secure mobility management.
"We’re one of the safest communities in Canada, and we rely on technology from VMware to provide that top-notch level of service.”
Business Transformation at Tribune Media
Tribune Media has over 42 owned or operated TV Stations, WGN Cable, Gracenote for Entertainment Metadata and Tribune Movie Studios, and is one of the nation’s largest independent broadcasters. VMware has really helped Tribune Media stop the conversations around technology, focusing instead on the outcomes it needs to operate the business. Now they can concentrate on increasing security capabilities, decreasing costs and responding to customer needs faster. Tribune Media can grow the business and go after new markets, and that translates into more revenue per customer.
“VMware has been really critical to drive the fluidity back to the business. My head of engineering has literally a saying over his door. It says, ‘If we can’t automate it we don’t need it’. If we deploy an application in our infrastructure to automate processes, we give that time back. What ends up showing up to the business is our ability to do more projects and do them faster, cheaper and better.”
Keck Medical Center of USC
Keck Medical Center of USC Sidesteps SAN Bottleneck, Launches New Data Warehouse with VMware Virtual SAN Solution
Keck Medical Center of USC needed a new data warehouse for business and medical analytics but didn't have room for the data in its conventional SAN. Seeking an alternative to the capital expense of an adequate SAN expansion, the center's IT team launched a new system using the VMware Virtual SANTM hyperconverged infrastructure solution. Business and operational benefits include swift deployment, simpler storage management, as-needed scalability, and lower cost per I/O.
"We can use commodity servers and drives to build a storage cluster for 30 percent less than the cost of similarly performing storage in a traditional SAN solution.”
"Our data center is 90 percent virtualized, and I see Virtual SAN as a very compelling storage solution to utilize for most of our virtual machines."
Flushing Bank Eliminates Data Security Risks and Simplifies Desktop Management with VMware Horizon
Flushing Bank needed more robust security for the customer data on its employees’ desktop and notebook PCs. To eliminate potential data loss from a compromised client system, the bank implemented a desktop and application virtualization solution based on VMware Horizon®. By moving all storage and processing of customer data to a protected data center environment, the bank increased security, improved the user experience, simplified client system administration, reduced costs, and streamlined its desktop management.
“Our experience with VMware and Horizon has been predominantly positive. It’s a great product, very solid, and the support is absolutely outstanding. You can always get a VMware engineer to help you with a task.”
EMC Corporation Consulting and IT Services for Life Sciences
EMC Documentum for Life Sciences Regains Its Competitive Edge with VMware vCloud Air
The EMC Documentum for Life Sciences sales force could not always effectively compete, because it took them several weeks to deploy a proof of concept while it took their competitors much less time. In addition, EMC sales engineers had to spend valuable time creating and managing demos. By hosting the EMC Documentum for Life Sciences solution on VMware vCloud® AirTM, EMC now creates and deploys their demo and proofs of concept environments in just a few minutes, and offers tighter security and better performance, both competitive differentiators.
EMC Documentum for Life Sciences helps accelerate product discovery and development. It streamlines and secures information and provides a flexible, secure, powerful and automated information infrastructure essential to speed processes governing research, clinical trials and GMP while reducing cost and complexity. The solutions consist of modules for research and development, clinical trials, regulatory submissions, and manufacturing to provide critical compliance with various global governmental oversight entities such as the FDA. EMC Documentum is the industry standard for regulated document management with more than 75 percent of leading life sciences enterprises relying on EMC Documentum solutions.
"VMware vCloud Air levels the playing field, making EMC as agile as our competitors. We simply can’t compete without it."
Cloud Management Tools and Integrations Provide Competitive Advantage for Hipskind and its Customers
Hipskind leverages VMware vRealize Operations Insight, along with management pack integrations with DataGravity and Palo Alto Networks, for improved agility and reliability in the cloud environment.
“The measurable benefits allowed us to grow our environment by nearly double, but still manage it with the same team of people. It's a huge ROI for us. The immeasurable benefits are the predictive analysis and insuring that we keep our promises about never running out and never going down.”
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.”