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Colt Technology Services

 

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

 

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.”

Columbia Memorial Hospital

 

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.”

— Cathy Crowley, CIO

Columbia Memorial Hospital

 

Healthcare providers get 24/7 uptime with Stratus

“We were quick to recognize that Medical Grade ftServer systems offered the reliability, simple operation and VMware support necessary to underpin a private cloud model for EHRs.”

— Cathy Crowley, Chief Information Officer

Columbia Sportswear

 

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

 

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.

Columbia Sportswear

 

Discover why Columbia Sportwear chose vCloud Hybrid Service and how they plan to deliver value back to the business.

"Columbia Sportswear has multiple use cases for vCloud Hybrid Service. 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 Hybrid Service 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

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

Computer Concepts Ltd

 

"New Zealand’s Computer Concepts Ltd (CCL) is using VMware vCloud Suite and VMware Horizon Suite to deliver pioneering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solutions. CCL launched its innovative IaaS solution in 2010 and now "

Comverse

 

VMware Horizon Mirage provides Comverse with a complete backup solution, even for their remote employees.

"Due to many of our employees being located across the world, we needed to find a way to protect all of their data on their laptops. Mirage was the only solution that provides complete protection for all of our laptop information quickly and efficiently, while meeting our compliance needs".

— Haim Ziv, IT CTO Comverse

Consona

 

Global CRM, ERP Software IT Department Supports R&D Teams, Delivers SaaS Through VMware Technology, BlueLock Virtual Datacenters

“Consona’s need to be flexible and nimble is immense. VMware technology and BlueLock Virtual Datacenters in the public cloud enable fast deployment, management ease, and the ability to expand and shrink capacity as needed.”

— Kristen Hayes, Director of Global Infrastructure

Contegix

 

VMware vFabric™ Hyperic® Flexible Monitoring Helps High-Growth Managed Hosting Provider Meet Tough Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

“With Hyperic, we expected to deploy a robust, easy to use management solution capable of scaling on demand. What we got was all that and more. When you are in as highly competitive a space as we are in, the ability to add additional value to your customers can make or break a company. Hyperic enables us to be smarter about how our customers are using their applications so that we can help them make smarter business decisions.”

— Anonymous,

Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers

 

Cooper Grace Ward Partners with VMware to Deliver Flexible Working

“VMware View underpins our new ‘flexible device policy’, which provides the firm’s team members with more options when choosing when and where to work.”

— Jason Mills, IT Manager, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers

Cork Institute of Technology

 

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

Cornerstone Community Bank

 

Cornerstone Community Bank chose VMware for its server virtualization and need for High Availability. Since using VMware the bank has experienced cost reduction in the purchase and maintenance of physical servers, and has implemented a disaster recovery plan that can be tailored to meet the ease-of-use but also scalability needs of a small IT staff.

“VMware is critical to our disaster recovery. It saves us many, many hours. At my previous place of employment, it took us about 12 to 14 hours to get a domain controller up in a disaster recovery test. With VMware, we're able to stand up our domain controller in about 4 hours.”

— Randy Dover, VP & Information Technology Officer

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.

Corporate Express

 

VMware virtualization has allowed Corporate Express to improve the agility and flexibility of its IT systems, and align its technology closely with business needs. It has also provided a powerful reference for customers of its external IT service delivery business unit.

“We have built an agile, dynamic infrastructure platform that supports our IT team’s strategic approach to managing requests from our business units. We don’t have to go back and re-architect an environment every time because everything is virtualized.”

— Andrew Grech, Infrastructure and Operations Manager

Covance

 

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

Creative Solutions in Healthcare

 

Learn how Creative Solutions in Healthcare, the largest owner and operator of skilled nursing facilities in the State of Texas, leverages the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service to cut costs by a third while delivering new services to care givers faster and more efficiently.

"This has been a total game changer for our Company. And I think it's going to be a total game changer for the entire Industry because if you can, for less than half the cost, if you can deploy solutions and you can do it in a fraction of the time, then what are you going to do? You're going to go out to your Users from an IT perspective and you're going to say, Bring It On."

— Shawn Wiora, Chief Information Officer
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