Shanghai Police College
Virtual SAN enables Shanghai Police College to build a high performance storage architecture
The Shanghai Police College was founded in 1949 and is the only college in Shanghai to offer full-time programs for individuals wanting to join the police force. It is also the only police academy in China to be included by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance as part of the first cohort in the Model Higher Vocational Colleges scheme.
Faced with operational management pressures and high IT costs, the Shanghai Police College embarked on a project to improve utilization of IT resources and cut down storage costs. They chose virtualization solutions from VMware, viz. vSphere and Virtual SAN, to provide hardware consolidation and rebuild their IT infrastructure. This enabled them to build a dynamic, flexible server and storage architecture, optimized for high performance, at a significantly lower TCO compared to traditional storage. Shanghai Police College have deployed several teaching and library applications along with knowledge and video databases on Virtual SAN. They plan to increase their Virtual SAN environment in the future.
“By using VMware vSphere 5.5 with Virtual SAN, we have simplified our management and operational processes while reducing costs, so we can move a steady step toward SDDC and the ‘Educational Cloud’.”
Group Health Centre
Group Health Centre delivers Access to Epic Hyperspace for 800 Care Providers in One Weekend with VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care
Group Health Centre (GHC) in Ontario, Canada, needed a comprehensive replacement of its user device infrastructure and a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). In the space of one weekend, GHC’s IT team deployed the VMware Horizon® platform and virtual desktops for 800 staff members, providing anytime, anywhere access to vital medical records, increasing doctors’ efficiency, easing the job of IT staff, and ensuring seamless provision of patient care.
“VMware just works better. It’s more reliable, easier, and performs better.”
Infosys pioneers implementation of VMware virtualization for SAP HANA on the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform to offer customers new SAP HANA based services running on VMware.
Infosys is a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing, and next-generation services. The company enable clients, in more than 50 countries, to stay a step ahead of emerging business trends and outperform the competition. Infosys needed to augment its physical infrastructure supporting its SAP HANA RDBMS and applications running at the Infosys HANA Center of Excellence in India. Infosys collaborated with VMware and Hitachi to make this a reality. By deploying VMware vSphere on Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for the SAP HANA platform and leveraging Hitachi’s SAP HANA VM templates, Infosys has gained the ability to rapidly provision new SAP HANA virtual machines and SAP Applications powered by SAP HANA, in a few minutes as opposed to days, while reducing the total cost of delivery by 85 percent.
“Our overall experience working with VMware has been deeply enriching and enabled us to achieve some significant economies. The customer care and account managers have offered their support to us anytime we need it.”
VMware NSX Gives Baystate Health Security & Agility
Baystate Health found that VMware NSX is the model for healthcare networking, allowing them to be both highly secure and extremely agile in a rapidly changing environment.
“Both NSX and VSAN in the socket-based licensing model of VM allow us to predict our costs much more effectively, which is what the CIO has been big on.”
Exostar Uses VMware NSX for Security & Automation
By separating networking and security functions from the underlying topology, Exostar is seeing the benefits in security, automation, and application continuity that were previously unreachable without VMware NSX.
“So we chose NSX over the competitors such as Cisco, ACI, simply because of market adoption. NSX has gained much more momentum in the marketplace and seems to have broader acceptance by the partner ecosystems than the competitors that are coming up.”
Tamkang University Software Cloud Runs on Virtual SAN and Horizon View
Tamkang Software Cloud, built by Tamkang University’s Office of Information Services in 2013, is designed to improve the university’s software utilization and meet the mobile application needs of its faculty and students. They chose VMware Horizon View as the desktop interface coupled with VMware Virtual SAN as their hyperconverged infrastructure platform to build a scalable, efficient cloud through which students could access software resources on their own mobile devices anytime, anywhere.
“VMware is the leading company which can provide us trusted products and technologies. Since the target users of the Software Cloud are 28,000 faculty members and students, we cannot risk ourselves to use technologies that have not been market-tested. Our students will be able to develop 3D applications though the software cloud, with Virtual SAN providing software-defined storage on the back-end for lower TCO.”
Columbia Sportswear Transforms Business Operations with Cloud Management Platform
Columbia Sportswear is an innovative leader in the apparel and footwear space, providing products for outdoor, active lifestyles in over 100 countries around the world, through E-Com, direct-to-consumer and wholesale channels. Founded in 1937, a lot of who Columbia is comes directly from its matron Gert Boyle, reminding employees to try new things, to do things just a little bit better than before, and to represent Columbia as the global brand that it knows it can be.
Columbia’s technology solutions are on the bleeding edge to stay ahead of where the business is going—not react to it. Its global business transformation leveraging VMware’s Cloud Management Platform is successfully influencing the way Columbia does business.
“All of what we've been doing around global business transformation is getting ready for us to grow. Whether it's organic growth, adding a brand, or reaching out into new consumer markets, all are pushing what we do with technology, how we reach people, how we connect with them and how we respond to their needs.”
“We feel that the software defined data center and the next steps are going to be critical to long-term success, and cause improvements in our business on a constant basis and yet challenge our people to feel good about what they're delivering every day.”
VMware Automation and DevOps Solutions at Columbia Sportswear
Founded in 1937, Columbia Sportswear is a family-owned business with thousands of employees and operations spread around the globe. With the mission to design and deliver authentic, outdoor, high-value products for active consumers of all ages, the company makes high-quality sportswear that keeps customers comfortable and protected, wherever their excursions take them.
VMware has given Columbia Sportswear the wonderful capability to reduce silos and to blur the lines between application developers and operations. The biggest challenge it faces in the retail space today is the ability to operate at the speed of business and remain nimble and agile for growth.
“As we go forward, we are really looking for application developers to think more like operations and our operations to think more like application developers. vRealize Automation has given us that capability to have those groups as well as security and other interested parties sit side by side to collaborate and to figure out what capabilities need to be brought online. And as those capabilities have been created in templates and blueprints, they can be re-used and actually handed off to those teams to for self-provisioning and management.”
Hybrid Cloud at Columbia Sportswear
At Columbia Sportswear, you will find that one size doesn’t fit all in terms of their infrastructure. In some places where intellectual property or other concerns are really important, they will use their private cloud while for less sensitive or more commoditized, they may look at a hybrid or a public cloud offering. It’s all about matching the workflows with the right delivery and hosting mechanism for their business. VMware is really now leading not only inside your data center but helping Columbia leverage things outside where they can have cloud and scale things in and outside of their walls leveraging the tools that VMware has and that they can consistently do things whether it's in their private cloud or in a public cloud or a hybrid.
“In managing Cloud assets today, it is not really about whether they are on public or whether they are in a private Cloud or whether they’re in a hybrid Cloud, it’s about understanding and having the confidence that you can manage those assets wherever they are.”
Keck Medical Center of USC
USC’s Keck Medical Center Accelerates Virtual Machine Provisioning with VMware vRealize Automation
The IT team at USC’s Keck Medical Center was struggling to promptly fulfill new virtual infrastructure requests from its fast-growing medical research organization while also supporting the daily operations of two busy hospitals. To improve service quality and reduce administrative workloads on its engineering team, the Keck Center implemented self-serve provisioning with the VMware vRealize™ Automation™ solution. The new system has reduced fulfillment intervals from more than two days to less than one hour while liberating IT staff for higher-value activities and facilitating new research partnerships worldwide.
“I knew that vRealize Automation had the feature set we needed. I knew it would allow us to hand off resource authorization and get new virtual machines deployed with a minimum of human interaction in the process.”
Enhancing the Retail Employee Experience – Columbia Sportswear Company
Columbia Sportswear Company uses AirWatch to deliver mobile applications and secure hundreds of iOS devices in its retail stores. Employees can leverage retail applications on in-store iPads to track sales, store performance and scheduling without being tethered to a computer in the back office.
“AirWatch has given us the ability to do mobile device management from a central location.”
“To have our distribution center supervisors and managers on the floor interacting with their staff instead of locked behind a computer has been a positive capability.”
Halton Regional Police Service
Halton Regional Police Service Dramatically Improves Information Access for 911 Dispatch Operators and Expands Mobility with VMware Horizon and AirWatch
The job of 911 dispatchers is stressful by nature. The efficiency of Halton Regional Police dispatchers was being challenged by the service’s existing remote access system that continuously froze and/or locked dispatchers out, causing intolerable delays in receiving information.
Halton Regional Police Service deployed VMware Horizon to deliver reliable and flexible virtual desktops to its 911 dispatchers and reduce their stress. Additionally, they deployed AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management for secure mobility management.
"We’re one of the safest communities in Canada, and we rely on technology from VMware to provide that top-notch level of service.”
Rishon Le Zion municipality
LeZion Lezion is Israel's fourth largest city, with a population of 250,000 residents. It implemented VMware vSphere , upgraded it's DR site to be based on the VMware SRM solution and added another environment, which is the DMZ environment, and it is, too, based on VMware vSphere. Over 1.5 billion Shekels are handled by the system annually! In the coming work year they are planning to expand this to a hybrid cloud, in compliance with municipal regulations.
Rishon LeZion municipality set a strategic goal of improving services to its residents. VMware's solutions help us fulfill that goal in the best way possible.
Business Transformation at Tribune Media
Tribune Media has over 42 owned or operated TV Stations, WGN Cable, Gracenote for Entertainment Metadata and Tribune Movie Studios, and is one of the nation’s largest independent broadcasters. VMware has really helped Tribune Media stop the conversations around technology, focusing instead on the outcomes it needs to operate the business. Now they can concentrate on increasing security capabilities, decreasing costs and responding to customer needs faster. Tribune Media can grow the business and go after new markets, and that translates into more revenue per customer.
“VMware has been really critical to drive the fluidity back to the business. My head of engineering has literally a saying over his door. It says, ‘If we can’t automate it we don’t need it’. If we deploy an application in our infrastructure to automate processes, we give that time back. What ends up showing up to the business is our ability to do more projects and do them faster, cheaper and better.”
IGATE deploys a VMware-powered private cloud to demonstrate critical solutions to its customers
As a trusted partner to corporations in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, IGATE provides solutions to clients’ business challenges by leveraging its technology and process capabilities, underwritten by an understanding of domain and industry imperatives. IGATE needed to implement a private cloud to accelerate the delivery of new products and services to the market and to provide an environment for customers to view proofs of concept and testing. The business turned to the VMware vCloud Suite to provide the management, automation, and orchestration required for the private cloud, which resides in IGATE’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) laboratory.
“One of the main reasons that our customers would find a software defined datacenter ideal is that it allows them to move towards commodity hardware and become more vendor agnostic.”
CSS Corp embraces virtualization to provide market-leading technology support services
CSS Corp is a leading technology company supporting enterprise and consumer products, managing IT infrastructure (stand-alone, Cloud-or Mobile-enabled) and deploying networks. CSS Corp adopted VMware virtualization to expand its business services, maintain the performance and availability of applications that are key to generating revenue, and boost its internal efficiencies.
“I’ve been working with VMware for more than a decade now and it continues to be a leader in virtualization. Its products are very stable, and we have not had any support concerns – their team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides skilled, technical advice.”
Angel Broking flies to new heights with VMware virtualization
Angel Broking is a highly respected stockbroker and wealth manager. The firm is a member of the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange, and India’s leading two commodity exchanges. Angel Broking needed to deploy an infrastructure that could cost-effectively support growth in demand for business-critical applications. By deploying VMware vSphere, vCenter Site Recovery Manager and VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite, the brokerage has met demanding application availability requirements while optimizing its infrastructure and gaining the ability to recover quickly from a disaster.
“We considered what the VMware solution offered against a range of criteria, including flexibility, business continuity, ease of deployment, manageability, and usability. VMware vSphere clearly met our expectations in each category.”
Driving Business Growth and Customer Service Delivery with Virtualized IT Infrastructure
Adira Finance, is one of Indonesia’s largest automotive financing company. With the growth of its business, Adira Finance faced the challenges of having the need to provide faster and better service to its customers to stay competitive in the Indonesian market. To enhance agility and reduce costs with increased operational efficiency, it deployed a virtualized IT environment with VMware vSphere® Enterprise Plus and VMware vCenter Operations Suite 5.6.
“Our strategic approach to virtualizing all datacenters with VMware has brought about many benefits to the business. The IT department has transformed into one that is more cost efficient and productive. We have also achieved significant capital and operational cost savings. With only 24 machines running, Adira Finance has managed to cut investment on servers by 20% and power consumptions by 64%.”
Keck Medical Center of USC
Keck Medical Center of USC Sidesteps SAN Bottleneck, Launches New Data Warehouse with VMware Virtual SAN Solution
Keck Medical Center of USC needed a new data warehouse for business and medical analytics but didn't have room for the data in its conventional SAN. Seeking an alternative to the capital expense of an adequate SAN expansion, the center's IT team launched a new system using the VMware Virtual SANTM hyperconverged infrastructure solution. Business and operational benefits include swift deployment, simpler storage management, as-needed scalability, and lower cost per I/O.
"We can use commodity servers and drives to build a storage cluster for 30 percent less than the cost of similarly performing storage in a traditional SAN solution.”
"Our data center is 90 percent virtualized, and I see Virtual SAN as a very compelling storage solution to utilize for most of our virtual machines."
Autopista Vespucio Norte (AVN)
Autopista Vespucio Norte deploys leading edge IT with VMware infrastructure
Autopista Vespucio Norte (AVN) has employed virtualization solutions since 2008 and has since updated its entire IT infrastructure. The migration of its platform with VSAN technology became a major challenge for the IT area. The company is currently supported by a fully virtualized and dynamic operation, which allows for significant and tangible savings in operating costs.
"Following a number of assessments, the platform of choice became increasingly clear, and VMware was chosen as the virtualization platform for our business.”