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Montgomery County

 

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.”

— Anthony Olivieri, CTO, Montgomery County

MVS Consulting

 

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.”

— Anonymous, MVS Consulting

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.

“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)

National Physician Services

 

VMware Webcast Series: Cloud Based Disaster Recovery in Action

No business likes to be vulnerable to downtime or loss of data. However, the complexity and expense of traditional disaster recovery solutions force many businesses to make tradeoffs, and operate with only a limited or no disaster recovery plans. VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery introduces native cloud-based disaster recovery capabilities for VMware vSphere virtual environments. Join us for this webcast and learn how recovery-as-a-service solution is helping businesses protect their environment by using the cloud. Customers featured in this webcast include: MIT Media Lab, National Physicians Services (NPS) and Plainview.

Customer Panel:

  • Michael Bletsas, Director of Computing, MIT Media Lab
  • Bryan Graven, CEO, National Physicians Services (NPS)
  • Jerry Sanchez, CIO, Hosting Operations, Planview

VMware Moderator:
  • Nicole Kim

“For National Physician Services, vCloud Air Disaster Recovery has been scalable, responsive and cost effective.”

— Bryan Graven, CEO, National Physician Services (NPS)

National Physician Services

 

National Physician Services Stretches Geographic Reach, Reduces Risk of Data Loss with VMware vCloud Air Solution

Founded by physicians more than 10 years ago, National Physician Services sells and supports third-party tools for practice management and electronic health records (EHR) that help physicians improve the quality of care they deliver to their patients. NPS not only provides the infrastructure to support clinical applications but also offers support, consulting, and training for its customers. The company’s best-of-breed solutions increase efficiencies, fulfill regulatory requirements, and maximize revenue.

National Physician Services (NPS) needed to extend its geographic reach and improve disaster recovery capabilities, so the healthcare service migrated critical applications to the VMware vCloud® Air™ platform. The operational similarities between the VMware vSphere® foundation and the vCloud Air platform helped IT administrators come up to speed quickly. Now NPS can do business anywhere in the United States and has significantly reduced the risk of information loss. In addition, the company no longer has to maintain contingent backup systems, cutting data center costs by 20 percent.

“vCloud Air helps us shorten the time required to migrate new opportunities and practices to our virtual platform.”

— Bryan Graven, NPS, Chief Executive Officer

Navicure

 

Navicure a leading Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse that helps physician practices increase profitability through improved claims reimbursement and staff productivity. Discover how they plan on using vCloud Suite and vCenter Operations Management Suite to manage their virtual environment.

"vCenter Operations Manager will allow us to drill down into symptoms that we're seeing and be able to identify the root problem"

— Donald Wilkins, IT Director, Navicure

Navicure

 

Healthcare claims company Navicure is gaining better control and optimization across its IT infrastructure thanks to a comprehensive monitoring and operational management approach built on VMware.

"vCenter Operations Manager is key to understanding your infrastructure. If you don’t have it today, you're going to be very reactive to some of your pains and the troubles you're dealing with. It allows you to project where you're growing and where you need to put your money into resources, whether that's more storage, compute resources, or network resources."

— Donald Wilkins, Director of IT

Nevro Corporation

 

This video montage, which aired during Bill Fathers keynote session at VMworld 2014, features customers using vCloud Air. SAIC, Iatric Systems and Perforce Software discusses how VMware vCloud Air is changing the way they do business and how they have benefited.

“The ability to have vCloud Air be a transparent extension of our VMware environment allows us to prototype new applications internally and then deploy them to vCloud Air within a push of a button.”

— Jeff Wilson, IT Director, Nevro Corporation

Nevro Corporation

 

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.

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.”

— Dr. Marc Hoit, Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO, NC State University

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.”

— Dr. Marc Hoit, Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO, NC State University

Northrim Bank

 

Northrim Bank believes that customers deserve the very highest level of service. VMware Horizon View is helping the bank meet its “Customer First Service” goals by enabling workforce mobility between headquarters and branch offices, and serving as a critical component of the bank’s “branch in a box” high-availability solution. Horizon View—together with Cisco UCS E-Series Servers and Atlantis Computing ILIO data-storage technologies—reduces costs, keeps the bank in compliance, and enables always-on access to applications for business-critical processes performed by management, bank tellers, and loan originators.

“With Horizon View, provisioning desktops, which used to be a very difficult, very manual task has become automated and it’s easy for us to deploy not just one or two, but 10 or 20 desktops within a few minutes. With the ability to have different snapshots, different versions and different gold images, we can tailor the user desktop to the business need.”

— Erick Stoeckle , Network and Systems Manager, Northrim Bank

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

Outdoor Research

 

Outdoor Research provides innovation and inspiration for the relentless adventurer, and develops innovative, functional, “bomb-proof” products that are beautiful in their efficiency and their simplicity. The company is ever-improving stewards of the environment, working to minimize its environmental impact and access and educational efforts of a variety of admirable nonprofit outdoor organizations.

“This has been an excellent learning experience for us with the VMware hosted solutions. We will likely leverage more opportunities in the future such as hosting more of our locally managed workloads, or the Disaster Recovery offering because of this experience. The VMware Sales team has been great to work with, the Technical Support team has been extremely responsive and we are on a ‘happy path’ for our hosting solution!”

— John Prince, IT Director, Outdoor Research

Pacific Disaster Center

 

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) uses information, science, and technology to enable effective evidence-based decision making and to promote disaster risk reduction (DRR) concepts and strategies. The Center provides multi-hazard warning and decision support tools to facilitate informed decision making and critical information sharing, supporting appropriate and effective actions. PDC also conducts advanced risk assessments that integrate hazard exposure with socio-economic factors for vulnerability and capacity, so the disproportionate impact on populations can be better understood, and then mitigated through improved preparedness and planning processes.

“vCloud Air has been great. Customer service has been wonderful along with technical support. The time to deploy applications has been halved and in some cases cut even further.”

— Randol Stancil, Network Engineer, Pacific Disaster Center

Pacific Disaster Center

 

Pacific Disaster Center uses VMware vCloud Air to protect data and critical applications, enabling global emergency managers to respond to natural disasters world-wide

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) is located in the state of Hawaii, with its headquarters on the island of Maui. PDC uses information, science, and technology to enable effective evidence-based decision making and to promote disaster risk reduction concepts and strategies. The Center provides multi-hazard warning and decision support tools to facilitate informed decision making and critical information sharing, supporting appropriate and effective actions. PDC also conducts advanced risk assessments that integrate hazard exposure with socio-economic factors for vulnerability and capacity, so the disproportionate impact on populations can be better understood, and then mitigated through improved preparedness and planning processes. By running on VMware vCloud Air, PDC is able to protect its data and native applications in the cloud from natural disaster—keeping public users and emergency managers around the world connected in real-time.

“Our overall experience with VMWare has been incredible. We've been very fortunate to have the support that you've given us. And your products are exceptional. They've allowed us to come up to speed on getting machines up and running within 15 minutes, getting environment that would take us weeks up and running in hours. So we're really excited."

— Debra Cohn, IT Infrastructure Manager, Pacific Disaster Center

PBS Engineering and Environmental

 

Watch how PBS Engineering and Environmental has bolstered their business continuity and mobility, and has already cut 40 percent in energy costs.

“vCenter Operations Manager gives me incredible insight into my cloud. It gives me direct drill down, in-depth information on every aspect of my virtual center."

— Todd Leavitt, IT Manager, PBS Engineering and Environmental

PBS Engineering and Environmental

 

PBS Engineering and Environmental Bolsters Virtualized Environment with Disaster Recovery Efforts and Cuts 40 Percent in Energy Costs

“By virtualizing with VMware and Dell, we’ve saved approximately 40 percent in our energy costs on IT infrastructure alone,”

— Todd Leavitt, IT manager, PBS Engineering and Environmental

Peconic Bay Medical Center

 

Peconic Bay Medical Center discusses VMware Horizon View and Siemens Soarian information access for their Healthcare technology needs.

Peconic Bay Medical Center

 

Peconic Bay Medical Center discusses VMware Horizon View and Siemens Soarian information access for their Healthcare technology needs.

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