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IBC Bank

 

IBC Bank Changes VDI Economics with VMware Virtual SAN

By migrating data from more costly legacy solutions to VMware Virtual SAN, IBC Bank is enjoying significant cost savings and has changed the economics of their VDI deployment. With the new Virtual SAN solution in place, IBC Bank is able to simplify operations and more easily and cost-effectively expand its VDI footprint to deliver a more agile and budget-friendly solution.

“Virtual SAN lets us buy what we need, when we need it. With non-disruptive scaling, we can add more capacity or increase performance at any time without interrupting our operations. Virtual SAN enables us to be far more responsive to the constant changes in our environment.”

— Chris Reynolds, Senior Systems Engineer, IBC Bank

Large U.S. Financial Institution

 

A large financial institution deployed the VMware vCenter Log Insight solution on four nodes supporting 450 hosts and more than 12,000 virtual machines. The solution manages millions of log messages every day. It replaced a homegrown log management environment that was inefficient and didn’t provide adequate visibility into the organization’s reporting infrastructure. Now, with the Log Insight solution, this organization can resolve challenges quickly and spot latent problems before they cause infrastructure issues that impact critical business applications.

“vCenter Log Insight is our primary troubleshooting tool. Root-cause analyses … are 50 percent faster, just given that we don’t have to wade through as many logs to find answers.”

— Assistant Vice President of Virtualization, Large U.S. Financial Institution

Bank Audi

 

Based in Beirut, Bank Audi is the leading commercial bank in Lebanon and one of the fastest growing banks in the region. With a sizable presence in Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, France, and Switzerland, Bank Audi offers a full range of products and services that cover commercial and corporate banking, retail and individual banking, on-line brokerage, private banking, and investment banking. Danny Dagher, CIO of Bank Audi talks about the IT challenges the bank faced prior to its IT transformation project. They wanted to be able to treat IT as a business, to enable the bank to grow, but to support continued growth and a diversifying mix of customers and banking services required greater agility. Their IT transformation happened in 2 phases, phase one was infrastructure transformation via virtualization and cloud automation and phase two was expansion of their virtualization and additional automated cloud operations capabilities. IT is now able to serve as a true service broker for business initiatives and has become a revenue generating entity.

“Our service delivery model now incorporates the key strategic elements from VMware. We can run our own business more efficiently, so we can help our constituents run their businesses more efficiently, with transparency over their costs and revenues. They can now accelerate their business initiatives, from launching new products to improving productivity.”

— Danny Dagher, Chief Information Officer

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 phoenixNAP, 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 Air Disaster Recovery to provide disaster recovery services to their customers without building, managing, and supporting their own virtual infrastructure in another location.

“With vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, 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

KishHealth System

 

KishHealth System Chose VMware Horizon View for Security & Remote Location Performance

KishHealth System Chose VMware Horizon View for excellent remote location bandwidth, performance, security, management and reliability.

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 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 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 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."

— Jerry Sanchez, VP Hosting Operations, Planview
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