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.
Learn how VMware vCloud customers like Columbia Sportswear, Catholic Health Initiatives, MicroStrategy and ABM Industries are using VMware cloud management solutions to efficiently provision virtual machines, improve performance and reliability within their IT environment, comply with industry-specific standards such as HIPAA, and report accurately the costs of processing IT requests within the organization.
When cloud vendor and Hybrid Cloud enablement partner, Cloud on Demand, looked for a solution that would pave the way for its business and provide the basis for the cloud and hybrid cloud services it sought to provide customers, the company elected to invest in the VMware SDDC (software-defined data centre) as its technology of choice.
“A huge benefit for us is that we have an immediate addressable market. Using the VMware technologies we have been instantly accepted in the market, without having to now educate and court them. This also extends to the training of our reseller base, who are already comfortable with the VMware technologies,”
Cloudera ensures data availability and reliability with VMware vFabric Hyperic
Cloudera is a technology start-up that provides enterprise-level products and services to users of Apache Hadoop, the popular open source implementation of MapReduce, a tool designed for in-depth analysis of very large data sets.
“If we didn’t have a monitoring tool like Hyperic, our engineers would most likely be the ones to tell us when a machine is down and that would mean significant changes to our uptime. We would go from the 4-9s that we get with Hyperic to 2-9s or even 1-9, depending on how long it took our engineers to tell us about issues.”
CloudOne delivers IBM Rational development tools in the cloud using an elastic, highly scalable, and economical SaaS model, powered by VMware.
"At McDonald's we focus on what we do best - we are not in the IT business. We needed a Rational solution for development that was flexible and elastic; on that could manage the peak times, and the valleys where we do little development. By using CloudOne's Rational SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, we were able to easily adjust to varying demands; we didn't need to buy additional expensive tooling."
CMBI (Centre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics)
With the High Performance Computing cloud platform offers CMBI the flexibility to get started quickly calculating protein structures and scaling up indefinitely. Additional computing power is simple and immediately available. This saves the CMBI much time and money.
“Five years ago we would have needed servers across Europe for our calculations, but now this cloud platform suits our needs very well”.
— Professor Gert Vriend, Centre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics
Indonesian subsidiary of Chinese state-owned oil producer turns to a VMware virtual desktop infrastructure to improve business agility, efficiency and manageability. This project has halved the number of desktop support tickets, enabled the IT team to reduce the number of two-three day visits to remote locations to fix desktop problems, reduced the productivity impact of electricity blackouts, and ensured resource-hungry applications operate quickly
"We are working to give all our users more freedom as to how and where they access their desktop applications and information."
— Widiono Wiratmoko, Senior Head, ICT Program Management
Extension of the SAP environment and creation of new financial applications to improve ColiPoste’s flexibility in management, operations and its analysis capacity.
“As SAP-based financial systems become more and more critical for companies like ColiPoste, helping us streamline management and reporting tasks, the underlying IT infrastructure has become just as vital. With VMware, we have built a high-performance, responsive infrastructure which is also secure”
— David Bizien, Director of Financial Information Systems at ColiPoste
College of Europe implements an easy to manage VDI environment based on VMware Horizon
College of Europe implemented VMware Horizon View for their desktop environment (VDI). Now they can offer users fast access to the right data and support BYOD. The zero clients are easy to manage and there’s no more heat and noise pollution.
"The biggest reason we chose VMware is that it has a very easy way to license and to manage."
— Pieter Corneillie, Director ICT Services, College of Europe
Gideon Wilkins, Director of Strategic Partner Management at Colt Technology Services, explains how they have been using a broad range of VMware solutions, including Horizon Suite and vCloud Suite. The leading technology and services company has improved operations internally, as well as its external offering to customers, with Colt being able to support desktop-as-a-service and virtual data centers for both enterprise partners and the channel. The Software-Defined Data Center, in conjunction with vCloud Datacenter, will enable Colt to offer a feature rich service to its customers.
Colt Technology Services are a leading technology and services company delivering integrated network, data centre, voice and IT services. In this detailed implementation case learn how they have transformed their physical desktop of a 5,000-user environment across 62 sites in 17 countries.
Since the project launch, Colt has completed the journey from project initiation, assessment, architecture and design, proof of concept, pilot, and implementation to full production rollout. This has resulted in significant financial savings and enabled their IT organization to centrally manage and support a productive virtual desktop environment in an effective and efficient manner.
“The Roadmap for development of View, the alignment of VMware as a strategic partner to Colt, and the willingness to provide resources to help adopt the technology told us that going with VMware was definitely the right decision.”
VMware View provides a desktop virtualization solution that delivers applications more effectively while simplifying administration and reducing costs
“When I came on board as CIO, desktop virtualization was one of the major projects that we needed to implement—and so far our use of VMware View has been very, very successful within our organization.”
Columbia Sportswear Embarks on Disaster Recovery and SAP Virtualization Journey: Columbia reduced costs right away by running and supporting less physical hardware. With fewer machines to power, run and cool, energy and operational costs declined, leading to hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings.
“It’s the inherent ability for us to scale resources rapidly, on-demand, that VMware provides us. We don’t have that any other way.”
— Michael Leeper, Senior Manager of IT Engineering
Columbia Sportswear's software-defined data center is built on VMware technology:
Columbia Sportswear is enabling the business by letting the business decide what performance criteria they need, where they need their data hosted, and then to rapidly configure and deploy those resources using VMware vCloud Suite and the software-defined data center architecture. From an IT perspective, Columbia can determine the right fit for its business, and is empowered to make resource decisions based on what the business is asking—without having to go back to its business teams and explain architecture limitations. Columbia’s application resources are available as needed, anywhere in the world.
Discover why Columbia Sportwear chose vCloud Air and how they plan to deliver value back to the business.
"Columbia Sportswear has multiple use cases for vCloud Air. Not only between private cloud to public cloud but we also have about 46 remote branch offices and today we don’t have a business continuity or disaster recovery plan for those offices. So as the vCloud Air expands what we’re really looking for is DR-as-a-service and that backup plan for those smaller locations around the world."
— Suzan Pickett , Manager Systems Engineering, 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
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 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