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Columbia Sportswear

 

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.”

— Suzan Pickett, Manager Systems Engineering, Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear

 

To meet growing global demand for its outdoor apparel and accessories, Columbia Sportswear required an infrastructure-as-a-service platform that would support its Microsoft-based business application portfolio. To improve IT and business productivity, Columbia wanted a service that would perform like a virtual extension of its on-premises data center and operate using its current management tools. Columbia chose VMware vCloud® Air™, realizing immediate cost savings and gaining a robust modern platform to support new application development.

“With vCloud Air, my team can be more efficient, users get an absolutely consistent experience, and we’re able to provide the same level of support we always have.”

— Carlos Tronco, Lead Systems Engineer, Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear

 

Columbia Sportswear Gets Extreme on Software-Defined Data Center Strategy

A Briefings Direct podcast on how a major sportswear company has leveraged virtualization and hybrid cloud to reap substantial business benefits.

“With our business changing and growing as quickly as it is, and with us doing business and selling directly to consumers in over a hundred countries around the world, our data centers have to be adaptable. Our data and our applications have to be secure and available, no matter where we are in the world, whether you're on network or off-premises. The SDDC has been a game-changer for us. It’s allowed to take those technologies, host them where we need them, and with whatever cost configuration makes sense, whether it’s in the cloud or on-premises, and deliver the solutions that our business needs”

— Tim Melvin, Director of Global Technology Infrastructure, Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear

 

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.”

— Scott Nasello, Senior Platform & Systems Manager, Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear

 

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.”

— Tim Melvin, Director of Infrastructure, Columbia Sportswear

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.”

— Ricky Caldwell, Director of Server Operations, Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.

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.”

— Ricky Caldwell , Director of Server Operations, Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.

Covance

 

IT Transformation at Covance with VMware vCloud Suite Covance is on a journey to achieving its business goals by investing in IT, and the ultimate vision of the software-defined data center using IT to drive competitive advantage. Learn how Covance deployed several solutions from the vCloud Suite to enable their private cloud, including vCloud Automation Center and vCenter Operations Manager.

“What I see in VMware is a very coherent vision for the software-defined data center, a very good understanding of how the technology landscape will continue to evolve. And supporting that vision is a tremendous amount of intellectual capital to be able to recognize and realize that vision and actually deliver the products that I need as a Customer to service my internal Customers.”

— Michael Lebiedzinski, Director, Private Cloud Engineering

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 VMware vCloud Air 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."

— Shawn Wiora, Chief Information Officer, Creative Solutions in Healthcare

Creative Solutions in Healthcare

 

Creative Solutions in Healthcare Improves Patient Outcomes with VMware vCloud Air

Creative Solutions in Healthcare decided to migrate from its co-located physical environment to the cloud to save costs, improve application availability, and update its core infrastructure to comply with HIPAA requirements. The company turned to VMware to migrate quickly to a more robust infrastructure. Using VMware vCloud Air, they gained the technology and control to achieve HIPAA certification and improve application availability while reducing the IT budget by one-third. The company has been able to extend its capabilities to the cloud and implemented a sophisticated electronic health record (EHR) system, including electronic prescriptions and online physician orders, to improve staff agility and patient care.

“The vCloud Air team had the best onboarding process for any IT project that I’ve been involved with in the last 20 years. We haven't looked back.”

“The infrastructure in a HIPAA-compliant environment needs to be secure with controls for change management and the right firewalls and technology to protect the perimeter. Before moving to vCloud Air, we had policies in place, but we didn’t have the infrastructure to support them. On vCloud Air, we’ve deployed technical controls on our core infrastructure and anti-virus and other solutions in a holistic approach to security that allows us to comply with regulations and achieve HIPAA certification.”

“We have better patient outcomes because of vCloud Air. Our use of the cloud translates directly to technology availability and better capabilities in the hands of our talented, compassionate staff.”

— Shawn Wiora, CIO, Creative Solutions in Healthcare

Creative Solutions in Healthcare

 

Creative Solutions in Healthcare with VMware vCloud Air

Creative Solutions in Healthcare is the largest independent owner and operator of skilled nursing facilities in Texas. The company was founded in 2000 and today operates more than 49 skilled nursing and 13 assisted living facilities with a staff of 6,000 employees.

Creative Solutions in Healthcare strives everyday to enhance the quality of life for seniors in their care facilities. This extra service grants their patients the comfort in knowing that the company will go the extra mile to deliver the best possible care.

They believe that caring for the elderly is a high honor. Their resident-respect approach to caring is what continues to be the driving force in the core strategy of their company, including their focus on deploying proven, best-in-class technologies. Their love for their residents is best measured by the respect, dignity and compassion they extend daily to them.

As part of its commitment to delivering outstanding patient services, the company decided to migrate from its co-located physical environment to the cloud to save costs, improve application availability, and update its core infrastructure to comply with HIPAA requirements. After an early pilot with Microsoft Azure failed, the company turned to VMware to migrate quickly to a more robust infrastructure. Using VMware vCloud Air, Creative Solutions in Healthcare gained the technology and control to achieve HIPAA certification and improve application availability while reducing the IT budget by one-third. The company has been able to extend its capabilities to the cloud and implemented a sophisticated electronic health record (EHR) system, including electronic prescriptions and online physician orders, to improve staff agility and patient care.

"We are adaptable, we are ready, we got a very flexible infrastructure with VMware vCloud Air where if we need to motion in a new workload, we can do that more rapidly than any other vendor that we have worked with."

“That’s why we chose VMware vCloud Air as our infrastructure provider partner because we are able to focus on our interaction with our business peers and not have to mind all of the servers and all of the infrastructure and the networking. And we have partnered up with the best organization we feel in the industry to deliver that."

— Shawn Wiora, CIO, Creative Solutions in Healthcare

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

Custom Window Systems

 

Custom Window Systems Relies on VMware vCloud Air to Deliver Services Faster, and Drive Down Costs

Custom Window Systems, a manufacturer of doors and windows for the consumer and commercial markets, was growing fast and needed a better way to quickly bring new products to customers and provide better services to their dealers. They turned to VMware and vCloud Hybrid Service, which allowed them to lower costs significantly while reducing time to market for new environments by 50 percent.

“VCloud Air has allowed us to reduce the time to market for new environments by at least fifty percent.”

“Our customers are telling us that the improved performance and the reduced time to market for requested services is very appreciable and really, VCloud air is another way that we're innovating against our competitors.”

“VCloud Air really helps us reduce costs, especially capital spending, and go to market with our services for our customers faster than ever before. I'm really excited personally about the products announced and the vision that VMware has for the future.”

— Daniel Maxwell, Senior Systems Administrator, Custom Window Systems

Custom Window Systems

 

VMware customers discuss how vCloud Air is changing the way they do business by providing them with flexibility which enables them with new innovations.

A video featuring vCloud Air customers as they discuss how VMware changes the way they do business. Customers featured include: Perforce Software, Legacy Reserves, Custom Windows System, Cloud Business, Carisbrooke Shipping, Bluefin Solutions, Iatric and Nevro Corp.

Dayton Superior Corporation

 

Dayton Superior Sees Concrete Benefits by Switching to a Virtual Desktop Solution with Guidance from VMware Professional Services

Dayton Superior worked with VMware Professional Services—including a VMware Dedicated Technical Account Manager—to deploy virtual desktops via VMware Horizon™ 6 Enterprise Edition for greater mobility, productivity, customization, and reliability for its workforce.

“From design and planning to deployment, VMware Professional Services was extremely responsive and focused on our needs at all times. Plus our VMware Dedicated TAM guided us throughout the project and continues to help us with ongoing planning and implementation.”

— Bobby Keller, Senior Systems Administrator, Dayton Superior

Dayton Superior Corporation

 

VMware Professional Services Helps Dayton Superior Achieve its Mobility Initiatives and Business Goals

Dayton Superior worked with VMware Professional Services to deploy virtual desktops via VMware Horizon™ 6 Enterprise Edition for greater mobility, productivity, customization, and reliability for its workforce.

“After bringing on VMware Professional Services, we were able to successfully implement the project. where it would have taken us weeks or months with internal resources.”

— Jarod Whitaker, Senior Systems Administrator, Dayton Superior

Designer Pages

 

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."

— Jacob Slevin, CEO/Co – Founder, Designer Pages

Dierbergs

 

The IT team at Dierbergs Markets experienced five major outages in its data center in one year using Microsoft Hyper-V, which was supposed to be a cost-effective approach to virtualizing systems. That prompted Dierbergs to move to VMware vSphere® software.

“With the VMware solutions, we spend more of our day focusing on strategic initiatives, which in turn helps IT drive real value back into the business.”

Jim Shipley Chief Information Officer Dierbergs

Digital River

 

Digital River is the leader in e-commerce services on a global basis. Discover how they plan to move to VMware vCloud Air to provide global flexibility, as needed and on demand.

"One of the major things that excites me around moving to VMware vCloud Air, is the enterprise scope of what it can do. So as we look at Digital River, we are running our global commerce capability on VMware. So all of our clouds are built to mimic what VMware’s doing in their hybrid cloud service. We’re able to work with our clients, work with VMware, as we expand and contract".

— Christopher Rence, Senior Vice President and CIO, Digital River

Digital River

 

Discover how Digital River is rapidly moving to a Software-Defined Data Center based on VMware technology.

"One of the big changes in the transformation with our teams, is with the Software-Defined Data Center, this is now enabling cross technology. Before, you would have a pool of people that were storage. Or you would have a pool of people that were network. Or you would have a pool of people that were a specific OS. With the Software-Defined, Data Center now you're allowing those teams to expand their knowledge base. You're reducing single points of failure, you're able to use technology that moves cleanly across those stacks."

— Christopher Rence, Senior Vice President and CIO, Digital River
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