In this video, we hear from Sam Routledge, Solutions Director at Softcat, about how the solutions provider and reseller has been enabling its customers to move towards private and hybrid cloud and the Software-Defined Data Center with VMware.
"We work with VMware because they are really the standard in infrastructure virtualization. We had really really good times with them over the years. Our customers think it’s fantastic, the products rock solid, rarely any issues & by and large our customers just want to do more with VMware and with virtualization which is obviously great for us."
Telefonica are a leading integrated operator in the telecoms sector, providing communication, information and entertainment solutions. Operating in 25 countries, they have over 300 million customers.
A Software Defined Data Centre approach has provided Telefonica with virtualized infrastructure services intelligence, to automate provisioning on demand. This integrated solution for hybrid cloud infrastructure simplifies the work of IT administrators while providing the best service level agreements for all applications.
"We selected VMware because we can cover the whole end-to-end solution, we are now able to fulfill all the different requirements from our customers."
— Francisco Hernansanz, Cloud Services Product Manager, Telefonica
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is a Third level college based in the south of Ireland in Cork. The challenges they were looking to address in CIT was in relation to the online delivery of cloud computing courses. VMware View allowed them to deploy virtual desktops to the students and also they choose vCloud Director Product to deploy labs to students as well. Since these students use their own vAPP; with vCloud director, the vAPPs are segregated and they are isolated from other vAPPS so they can manipulate these tools, test these tools and not affect the network surrounding.
"We have been forging industry links with VMware and we had worked quite closely with VMware in developing cloud computing academic programmes and it was through these links and through the positive experience we had with VMware products previously that we decided to choose VMware View as the desktop deployment solution and vCloud Director."
— Irene Griffin, Cloud Computing Officer, Cork Institute of Technology
VMware helped the Mansfield District Council to swiftly migrate its PCs and laptops from Windows XP to Windows 7, while at the same time providing a more flexible and secure working environment.
“After assessing the options available VMware Horizon View was the clear choice for us as it addressed all our business concerns, including mobility, cost control and migrating to Windows 7 in one go. It delivers a flexible infrastructure, streamlines operations and is easy to use. Phoenix Software was also a great team to work with and we couldn’t have asked for a more efficient and helpful partner at this time.”
— Christine Marsh, IT Manager at Mansfield District Council
Biomni has managed to transform the speed and agility with which it can meet customers’ needs by adopting VMware vCloud Air. It can now set up new environments, develop new features and improve client services more efficiently than ever before.
“To set up new test and development environments could take several days or even weeks, as it could involve purchasing, configuring and installing new hardware,” comments Angus. “We also, on occasion, had to move staff from existing projects to help with more urgent priorities, as setting up these environments could be labour-intensive. This was hugely disruptive for a small business.”
WorldPay wanted to create a completely automated environment to help customers provision infrastructure in a fast-paced environment. The company has completely overhauled its IT infrastructure. A major element of this was deploying network virtualization from VMware. Its estate is now 100% virtual.
“In finance, time to market is of the essence. Our customers rely on us being able to provide them with applications and infrastructure to support their payments in the quickest timeframe. VMware’s network virtualization has been crucial in allowing us to not just be fast, but instant.”
— Iain Blunden, Head Of Global Core Platform Application Development, WorldPay
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
Leading passenger car manufacturer turns to VMware vSphere to run a business-supporting application required to build a car every two minutes. Implementing a virtualized infrastructure delivered the reliability and performance needed to ensure the application met the company’s business needs.
"With the implementation of a virtualized server infrastructure using VMware and a NetApp MetroCluster, VW India now has a reliable and scalable IT solution to support business operations."
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
Symantec implemented a software-defined data center architecture based on VMware vCloud Suite to speed creation of new test environments. It is currently scaled to support more than 200,000 virtual machines, one of the world’s largest software-defined data center deployments based on VMware vCloud Suite to date.
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To improve the security of sensitive data on its servers, Japanese market research company Fuji Keizai implemented a thin-client environment back in 2008. However, there were considerable issues around managing the thin clients and further problems supporting mobile devices. After exploring all options, the company switched to a VMware Horizon View client environment with support for multiple device types.
"VMware Horizon View is optimised for use in virtual desktop environments, and it also meets our needs by providing integrated management tools and full support for mobile devices."
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.”
SSOE Group is an Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management firm with 1200 employees located in 29 offices across 7 countries. SSOE leverages the best talent that they have to complete client projects no matter where that talent is located and this requires global collaboration in a 3D environment. SSOE selected a solution utilizing VMware Horizon View, Cisco, and NVIDIA to deliver the 3D graphics performance required from applications such as Autodesk Revit to complete projects in a virtualized desktop environment.
"I’d absolutely recommend the Cisco Invidia VMware Horizon View solution to other companies who are using graphically intensive applications. It's the best of all possible worlds. With Cisco you're getting the hardware, reliability, performance, price point. With Invidia, the graphics acceleration, simply unmatched in a solution like this. And obviously VMware Horizon View is producing the capability for me to get a global work force collaborating in one location, using disparate people from anywhere."
— Bill Case, Director of Computer & Information Systems, SSOE Group
Two companies, Press Ganey and Planview, are using aggressive cloud-computing strategies to deliver applications better to their end users via a VMware portfolio of products.
"We have vCloud Air now, and leveraging our existing code base, and then the whole suite of VMware products and services, we have transformed the company into a cloud provider. Today, 90 percent of all our new Planview customers are SaaS customers. It's been a big transition for us, but the technology from VMware has been right in the center of making it happen."
— Patrick Tickle, Executive Vice President of Products at Planview Inc.
ABN AMRO business leaders talk about how they started their virtualisation journey with consolidation and DR, which led then to the current vCloud Suite implantation and the conclusion that any application can be virtualized. In partnership with Professional Services, provisioning time is reduced, DR recovery time slashed, and significant CAPEX savings have been made.
“We as a bank are now convinced that our strategy of moving to a virtual data centre is actually enabling our business to be more efficient and more profitable, and will enable our business to grow at a faster pace because we can [quickly] deliver solutions to market.”
— Dirk Sibiet , Country Technology Officer ABN AMRO Bank N.V. Singapore & ABN AMRO Private Banking Asia and Middle East
Discover how Singlehop uses vFabric Application Director to manage their client's private cloud environments.
"VMWare is important to us because it allows us to get to market quickly with products like vFabric Application Director. This allows us to not only design tools that work, but are maintainable at the service provider level."
As an early adopter of VMware vCloud Air, Planview is looking to leverage hybrid cloud capabilities to support their DR strategy.
"The vCloud Air differentiators compared to other public clouds are pretty obvious for us. One is we're based on the VMware Hypervisor. To move those workloads, that compatibility needs to be there, where they're not with other public clouds."
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
ABN AMRO's CTO, Dirk Sibiet, and the CCO of Private Banking, Hans-Peter Borgh, discuss how virtualising the end-user environment boosts security & compliance, significantly reduces costs, and opens up new opportunities for Relationship Managers to visit ABN AMRO Private Bank customers anywhere, anytime.
"Because at ABN AMRO Private Banking we have a lot of relationship managers who are private bankers and who meet their clients outside the offices. We will now be using virtual desktops to make our client conversations so much more relevant, by allowing our bankers, when they are on the road, to access the information they need and the tools they need to help our clients understand their [own] financial situation and financial opportunities better."