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TIAA-CREF

 

TIAA-CREF, a large financial organization based in New York discusses benefits of using cloud computing, user computing and SDDC to change their entire infrastructure by creating Carnegie Compute which has helped in solving most of the IT challenges they faced as a company.

“We have reached best in class. We're on parity. Now, we’re going to what you call that bold step, which is that we have created a program we call Project Everest. We actually have a little bit of fun with it, but we’ve created a program that is looking at fundamentally changing how we deliver services in IT, particularly in the infrastructure organization.”

— Kevin Murphy, Chief Technology Officer, TIAA-CREF

China Merchants Securities (HK) Co., Ltd.

 

China Merchants Securities (HK) implemented a virtual desktop infrastructure to cut costs, improve data security and reduce its IT management load. Administration employees can now access their desktops from any location, while the IT team can now provision new desktops in 15 minutes, recover lost data within 30 minutes of a crash, and manage all user environments from a central location

SureTax

 

To keep pace with rapid business growth without making a costly investment in computing hardware, SureTax engaged the Flexible Data Center Solutions platform by Phoenix NAP, an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider offering cloud services based on VMware vCloud® technologies. SureTax, which provides enterprises with real-time software-as-a-service tax calculations, used the private cloud and virtualized solutions to meet the privacy, performance, and high availability needs of its growing client base while realizing a rapid return on investment.

"Our new infrastructure helps us reliably meet clients’ service-level requirements, which creates high customer satisfaction."

— Mike Sanders, Chief Product Strategist, SureTax

Planview, Inc.

 

Discover how Planview uses vcloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery to provide disaster recovery services to their customers without building, managing, and supporting their own virtual infrastructure in another location.

“With vCHS Disaster Recover, it does not require us to spend capital to build a virtual infrastructure somewhere else. We’ll be able to offer our customers significantly better RPO and RTO without any additional costs.”

— Jerry Sanchez, Vice President of Hosting Operations, Planview

HDFC Bank Limited

 

HDFC Bank needed to launch hundreds of branches quickly to provide banking services to 40 million new customers from rural and regional India. The financial services company developed a ‘Branch in a VM’ concept to meet this objective and, between 2008 and 2012, opened more than 1,700 branches. The bank can now provision a new branch in less than 10 days.

"In the past it could take up to a couple of months to setup a new branch. With VMware virtualization, we can do this in under 10 days."

— Surya Prasad , Executive Vice President – IT

Bank Al Bilad

 

In this video, Rene Van Den Bedem, CIO Advisor at Bank Al Bilad explains how the Saudi Arabian bank worked with VMware to virtualise its tier one, two and three workloads, doubling its working capabilities and allowing it to operate with more agility and better cost efficiencies. Rene also outlines the benefits the company has seen since joining the VMware Technical Account Management Program, which has up-skilled the IT department.

Housing Finance Bank

 

In this video, Tirus Mutoru, Head of IT for Housing Finance Bank, outlines how his team have benefited from virtualization and the support from HP and VMware partners. His team has been able to dramatically reduce the time taken to provision servers – from 6 weeks to one hour.

“It was quite interesting because I was using both the Hyper-V and also VMware, but then based on experience on ease of use; me and my team finally settled on VMware.”

— Tirus Mutoru, Head of IT, Housing Finance Bank

Stock Exchange of Thailand

 

The Stock Exchange of Thailand virtualized its testing and development platform to release new online securities trading services to market faster by adopting VMware vCloud Suite. As a result, SET has reduced development time for online services by 80% and doubled concurrent user capacity, helping it improve global competitiveness. Moreover, as a result of virtualization, the organizatoin has decreased data center energy consumption by 20% and data center space consumption by 60%.

Any downtime for our system can cause a major disruption to the market, so we chose a technology that we can trust. The features of the VMware solution, such as the ability to create high availability clusters that are safeguarded by Fault Tolerance, help our operations team to maintain the system and meet our service levels

— Thirapun Sanpakit, IT Manager

AIA New Zealand

 

AIA New Zealand replaced its physical firewalls with VMware vCNS with immediate results; significant CAPEX savings, reduced downtime and an agile disaster recovery solution

"VMware has enabled us to undertake a fundamental transformation in how we operate. At this stage we have really only started the journey and there is a lot more to come. It’s very exciting."

— Brannan Hunter, Chief Information Officer

DaiWa Capital Markets Hong Kong Limited

 

Daiwa Capital Markets Hong Kong had rapidly expanded its datacenter to host more than 500 physical servers, which was becoming increasingly difficult to manage. The company wanted to ensure high availability of its financial services applications and deliver a disaster recovery solution that would eliminate downtime. After considering solutions from Microsoft® and Red Hat®, the organization chose to work with VMware® partners HP® and Systex International® to design and implement a virtual infrastructure using VMware vCenter Server™ 5.1 to provide centralized management for VMware vSphere® 5.1 Enterprise Plus and high availability through vSphere vMotion®.

"Through VMware we have achieved 80 percent utilization of server resources. This means we can run significantly more server resources without increasing energy consumption."

— Joseph Chung, Head of Infrastructure

Kishwaukee Health

 

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.

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

WorldPay

 

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

Planview, Inc.

 

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 Hybrid Service 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 N.V. Singapore

 

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

Planview, Inc.

 

As an early adopter of the vCloud Hybrid Service, Planview is looking to leverage Hybrid Cloud capabilities to support their DR strategy.

"The vCloud Hybrid Service 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."

— Jerry Sanchez, VP Hosting Operations, Planview

ABN AMRO N.V. Singapore

 

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."

— Hand-Peter Borgh, Chief Commercial Officer, Private Banking

Lanka Orix Leasing Company

 

LOLC Technologies is using the VMware vCloud Suite to implement a cloud platform that enables LOLC businesses to diversify into new markets. The Sri Lankan organization is also establishing IT services on demand to non-LOLC customers.

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