The City of Melrose uses vCloud Hybrid Service for backup, offloading test and development environments as well as creating new revenue streams.
"The difference between the vCloud Hybrid Service and a lot of the other providers that we looked at was the ability to move workloads around back and forth to and from the Cloud. The other providers simply didn't give us that capability."
ACI Specialty Benefits
Virtualization with Intelligent Operations Enables 55% Increase in Performance for ACI Specialty Benefits
Facing hyper-growth, ACI Specialty Benefits needed to ensure the company’s infrastructure was poised to proactively support the business. ACI moved to a virtualized data center and deployed vSphere with Operations Management in order to effectively load test, ensure adequate resources to handle demand, and onboard new customers more quickly and effectively. The company can now run applications at high service levels and maximize hardware savings through 40% higher capacity utilization and 50% higher consolidation ratios.
With the added visibility throughout its IT infrastructure, ACI has seen a 25% decrease in time spent on diagnostics and problem resolution. As a result of the operational efficiencies, the IT team is freed up to take on additional strategic initiatives.
“The first time looking at that single pane of glass was very surprising for us to see all of our different VMware infrastructure – at the data center, at headquarters, everywhere. Being able to see where we stood was a game changer.”
VMware Virtual SAN Helps Adobe Realize Vision of Software-Defined Data Center
As subscriptions to Adobe Marketing Cloud increased, the storage team had difficulties scaling the platform because of the legacy direct-attached storage (DAS) architecture. Since a traditional storage-area network (SAN) solution would be too expensive and complex and a physical overhaul of the storage infrastructure was out of the question, the team explored a virtual solution. After all, Adobe’s computing resources were already virtualized using VMware vSphere—why not do the same for storage? Adobe explored VMware Virtual SAN and determined it was exactly the kind of solution they needed. The results? Virtual SAN not only delivered a cost-effective solution, it also outperformed traditional SAN and DAS solutions. And since system administrators can operate Virtual SAN with no additional training, Adobe can devote their highly skilled storage experts to strategic projects and increase overall operations efficiency.
“Virtual SAN is a highly efficient solution compared to a traditional SAN or DAS approach. By aggregating storage into a single resource pool, Virtual SAN enables us to be much more cost conscious.”
“We can stand up a chassis with Virtual SAN in just hours,” van Rooyen says. Plus,“Virtual SAN has automation capabilities that allow us to deploy compute resources and storage resources as a single operation—in minutes, not hours or days.”
Aledo Independent School District (ISD)
For years, the IT team at Aledo Independent School District (ISD) managed thousands of standalone desktops across multiple campuses, laboriously updating software on a machine-by-machine basis. By virtualizing approximately 75 percent of its machines on the VMware Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), the district has vastly simplified IT management and streamlined online test administration while enhancing the end user’s experience.
"I would go into a computer lab, install software on 30 machines, connect to the server 30 times, and so on,” she says. “Then every summer, we’d send out a whole crew of IT folks to go computer by computer, cleaning up machines and doing general maintenance. It was incredibly time-consuming."
Discover why Amdocs chose VMware's Horizon Mirage to manage images across their various offices quickly and efficiently, reducing the burden on their support staff and significantly increasing their compliance with security concerns.
"People were excited about it, being able to tell a customer hey, I got this new backup program and I need to restore something, what do I do, you simply go into Windows Explorer or go to your desktop, right-click on the file folders that you'd like to restore, select the Horizon Mirage client menu, the restore menu, and select the version you want to restore. Point and click and you're done, it's that easy."
Associated Surgeons and Physicians
Mid-market health services provider Associated Surgeons and Physicians has rapidly adopted server and client virtualization and gained significant new benefits, including better mobile and bring your own device (BYOD) support as well as improved disaster recovery (DR).
"Upgrading to a virtual infrastructure has helped us considerably in maintaining and increasing meaningful use expectations, with the ability to be virtual and have the redundancy that gives, along with the fact that VMs seem to run a lot more efficiently virtually. We have better ways to collect data, a lot more uptime, and a lot more efficiency, so we can collect more data from our customers."
AT&T Hosting, Application & Cloud Services
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"This is a hybrid cloud that allows VMware clients to extend their private clouds into AT&T's network-based cloud using a virtual private network (VPN). And it melds the security and performance of VPN with the economics and flexibility of a public cloud. So the service is optimized for VMware's more than 350,000 clients."
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.”
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.”
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.”
Benefis Health System
Benefis Health System enables bedside medication verification and charting with VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care. Through tap and go roaming of the desktop, providers can access patient information within seconds. The result: Clinical staff now view IT as something that can help, not hinder them in their work.
"If we were to remove the system right now, I don't know how people would react. I think they would melt down, because they've become so accustomed to being able to provide that care at the bedside. Being able to spend time with the patient and chart, and then go on to the next patient without having to run back to the nurse’s station for charting.
BLDD Architects Enables Real-Time Collaboration in Secure Environment with Integrated Solutions from VMware and Bitdefender
Bloomington Public Schools
Schools Put IT Savings Back into Kids and Classrooms with VMware NSX
To improve security, efficiencies, scalability and lower costs, IlliniCloud (Bloomington School District) turned to a VMware-powered Software-Defined Data Center underpinned by VMware NSX – the network virtualization and security platform.
“We estimate that each educational institution that joins our cloud can potentially cut its annual IT spending by 30 to 50 percent, freeing up money for other important educational needs while getting tighter security and data protection.”
Buffalo Public Schools
Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) is leveraging VMware technology to enable broad access to computing for their students. The “BPS Desktop” initiative not only enables access to coursework for students from their homes, but Buffalo Public Schools also worked with community centers and libraries to enable access for those students who didn’t have a computer at home as well.
"Looking to the future we see much more in the way of students being able to access their curriculum materials anytime, anywhere they are, contributing to their learning."
Buffalo Public Schools
Buffalo Public Schools Delivers Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device Access to Coursework with a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) was challenged by aging personal computers, out-of-date software, insufficient device access, and an inconsistent user experience across its campuses and classrooms. Many existing computers were slow to boot, required constant maintenance, and were difficult to upgrade. With a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) based on VMware Horizon®, BPS students and teachers now enjoy powerful, personalized workspaces and the latest software tools, consistently available at any time, in any location, on any device.
“With the BPS desktop, our students can now continue working on their projects at home, at their own pace, or in groups with their friends. It’s available to them 24 hours a day.”
"Our plan is to have BPS desktop installed in every computer lab and on every desktop in all of our campuses and administrative offices.”
California Natural Resources Agency
California Natural Resources Agency Gains Agility Across Multiple Agencies Through a Software-Defined Data Center Strategy
A Briefings Direct podcast on how a large state agency is harnessing virtualization to do more with less and remain agile and efficient.
“We consider VMware a strategic partner. We basically only want to work with business partners. We don’t want to work with vendors, because we don’t need someone to sell us something and walk away. VMware has been hand-in-hand with us for this whole journey.”
“From looking at VMware, virtualization is the standard. If you don’t take it on, then you really won’t be able to respond to business needs. When the official IT organization becomes obsolete, there are going to be ad-hoc IT organizations and those would become the norm. If you want to be relevant, you have to use every tool set that you can to provide the business needs.”
California Natural Resources Agency
California Natural Resource Agency (CNRA) and VMware vCloud Air
As the world’s eighth largest economy with the largest parks system and the largest water delivery system in the United States, California is more like a small country than a state. Managing California’s precious resources—from its coastlines to its parks, fish, wildlife, energy sources, and water— is the responsibility of the 30 organizations of the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA). They depend on real-time data and system access to make decisions and respond quickly to disasters like flood, fire, drought, and earthquakes. CNRA’s mission is to restore, protect and manage the state's natural, historical and cultural resources for current and future generations. This responsibility impacts not only the people of California, but people around the world.
The goal of CNRA’s IT organization is to provide timely information and services to their departments so that they can operate at the speed of business without technology being a constraint.
CNRA is currently using VCloud Air VPC and vCloud Air Disaster Recovery as a service for their critical applications such as Fire, water, waste, etc., but also for their department tenants within their data center. They are putting out their critical tier one through three applications in the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery as a service area for protection and front-ending that with the vCloud Air offering to run their core applications.
“Our experience with VMware vCloud Air has been great. We have actually worked with some great technicians at VMware who helped us onboard the service, who helped us get everything set up and be up and running and getting the plumbing for all of our applications and test it out and make sure that it all runs fine. It’s one of those things that we found pretty painless and I would recommend it to just about anybody and any company.”
CapGemini wanted to leverage the value of virtualization for ERP customers within its managed services line of business. After a rigorous, year-long evaluation of virtualization technologies, it decided to build a cloud-based managed services platform using VMware vSphere technology. The new platform allows Capgemini clients to reduce their ERP capitalization costs. In addition, the platform allows Capgemini to offer more stringent SLAs to clients at lower price points than is possible with traditional hosting architectures.
“Companies today are looking to become more competitive and innovative, but to also achieve sustainable cost reductions. Our VMware cloud managed services offering lets our clients achieve those objectives.”
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.
Choice Hotels International, Inc.
Choice Hotels Slashes IT Provisioning Times and Improves Performance with VMware vRealize Suite
Choice Hotels explains how implementing vRealize suite is saving their developers time, and their company money. Automation is simplifying access to environments and slashing wait times from 4-6 week down to 30 minutes. Operations is detecting issues before they cause problems, so they can be addressed proactively, saving downtime, money, and frustration.
Choice Hotels International is one of the world’s largest and most successful lodging companies. The firm currently franchises more than 6,300 hotels in more than 35 countries and territories, representing more than 500,000 rooms. Choice brands include Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotel & Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Hotel Collection.
“In day to day operations we’ve actually been able to find problems before they actually become downtime in our environments, so the tool has saved us money.”
“The release cycle was 4-6 weeks for an application stack to be stood up and handed over to the development teams. Today, using vRealize Automation, our java/middleware application stack is stood up inside of 30 minutes and requested by the end-user themselves, so infrastructure is no longer in the loop, and no longer seen as a roadblock by our application teams.”