VMware Horizon 6 Helps Customers Streamline Their Business
VMware Horizon 6 delivers virtualized or hosted desktops and applications through a single platform to end users. Kroll Ontrack, BDP International, and Southern States Cooperative, discuss why they selected VMware over the competition and the impact of Horizon on their business.
“Before we were using Horizon, things would take a lot longer. We’d have to put a lot more resources in play, where now a few people can do the job of ten people.”
Kroll Ontrack – Extending the Power of Virtualization with VMware
Kroll Ontrack, provider of technology-driven services and software, experienced challenges with their previous virtual desktop solution. After moving to VMware Horizon™ 6 Enterprise Edition, productivity has increased tremendously and “a few people can now do the job of 10 people.” The company is also planning to implement VMware Horizon® Air™ for cloud-hosted desktops and apps, as well as VMware NSX™ for Horizon® bringing speed and simplicity to VDI networking.
“Our partnership with VMware has been tremendous. Before we were using Horizon things would take a lot longer. We’d have to put a lot more resources in play where now, a few people can do the job of ten people.”
In 2010, KÜRT decided to offer its information security products also in the form of cloud-based services. The purpose of the project is to build a cloud which provides an advanced, scalable and secure environment for new and enhanced business services. Results achieved with VMware’s solution: 2-3 times less hardware compared to an infrastructure built on physical servers, less operators and less energy needed, Ready-made functions for ensuring the uninterrupted availability of services provided to customers, Ready-made functions for measuring service consumption and for supporting billing, High availability, cost-efficient implementation of a disaster recovery site, Quick self-service provisioning of, development and test environments, Efficient vendor support, advantageous partner program
“The services we are about to introduce also incorporate academic knowledge, and security will be at the core of our VMware-based cloud infrastructure and its operation. This is what sets us apart from other similar service providers.”
La Cite is the largest French community college in Ontario with 5,000 students enrolled in over 90 programs. A variety of these programs require 3D graphics and computer labs, such as Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, and Interior Design. The college decided to virtualize desktops because the current workstations were aging. The price to replace those workstations was roughly the same as going to virtualization. La Cite chose Dell, NVIDIA, and VMware to deliver virtual desktops to these labs which resulted in reduced login times and more flexibility for both students and faculty.
“Virtualization helps me greatly when I’m preparing my classwork at home. I can quickly access the virtualization and see what the application looks like and prep my work around the same image that the students are using.”
La Cité has implemented virtual desktops to deliver engineering and design applications with advanced 3D graphics to its student computer labs. Deployed with VMware, Dell, and NVIDIA technology, the solution provides workstation-level performance on a flexible and cost-effective mix of repurposed legacy desktops and new zero-client machines. It also expands student and faculty access to important applications and greatly reduces system management and administration workloads.
“When I’m preparing my class work at home, I can quickly access a virtual workstation and see exactly the same image the students are using. When I walk into class, I just reconnect and I’m ready to teach.”
La Salle Primary School
La Salle Primary School, based in Hong Kong, build a mobile learning platform using VMware Virtual SAN and VMware Horizon.
La Salle Primary School is leading the way for integrating IT with teaching in Hong Kong. They are enabling every student to use mobile learning on different devices and platforms with the help of VMware virtualization solutions like VMware Horizon View and VMware Virtual SAN.
La Salle Primary School chose VMware Virtual SAN technology to centrally manage storage for their servers alongside the VMware Horizon solution to deploy virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), saving significant hardware costs and footprint as well as the workload on internal IT and technical support staff. They now have a true VDI environment where students can smoothly and reliably access a common virtual environment and set of applications whether they are on campus computers or on their PCs and mobile devices.
“Compared with traditional server storage methods, VMware’s Virtual SAN technology can bring us higher cost efficiency, stability and ease of management.”
"We are no longer need to install required software or applications on each computer. This has in turn reduced memory and storage consumption, significantly reducing the burden on the school in terms of hardware. Equally important is that it has reduced the workload of our technical support staff and set a positive example in energy saving and sustainable development for our students.”
Lakeridge Health Network
Lakeridge Health is one of the largest community hospitals in Ontario, Canada, serving more than 600,000 residents of Durham Region. Consisting of three acute hospitals, one specialty hospital, and several off-site facilities, Lakeridge Health manages more than 540 inpatient beds and employs more than 4,000 staff and physicians. Lakeridge Health is coming out of a multi-year capital freeze affecting IT. By deploying VMware Horizon (with View), Lakeridge Health now offers physicians bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and new remote access capabilities. Lakeridge Health also implemented VMware vSphere to bring its data center and Meditech clinical system hardware up to date. Benefits include improved patient privacy and hospital safety; improved physician satisfaction and remote access to systems; better data center performance; and hundreds of thousands of dollars of savings in hardware costs.
“When we evaluated the systems side-by-side on value—in terms of price for functionality—there was no question that VMware was the best choice. We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars of difference.”
Langs Building Supplies
Langs Building Supplies Empowers Workforce with VMware Horizon, NVIDIA GRID, and the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform
Langs Building Supplies is a leading supplier of timber and hardware products and a fabricator of roof trusses, wall frames, and door and window joinery for the construction industry. Based in Queensland, Australia, Langs is privately owned with a global workforce of nearly 400 employees. To better support its global workforce, Queensland-based Langs Building Supplies recently moved to an integrated virtual IT infrastructure using VMware Horizon, NVIDIA GRID Cards, and Nutanix Converged Infrastructure.
“The whole engagement – from the very first meeting to the proof of concept – was simply fantastic. They bent over backwards to support us. It’s very rare to find a product that actually does what it says it’s going to do. We found that with Nutanix and VMware.”
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.
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.”
Laurens County Healthcare System
Laurens County Health Care System wanted to attest to Stage 1 of Meaningful Use by summer 2013 but knew it couldn’t deploy Meditech in a physical data center environment because of cost and reliability concerns.
“Physicians are very excited that they can use their own devices from anywhere to access Meditech and review EMRs [electronic medical records] and patient data without physically having to come into the hospital,”
Legacy Reserves uses Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service, provided by VMware vCloud Air, to ensure complete data protection for its business critical applications
Legacy Reserves LP is a master limited partnership headquartered in Midland, Texas, focused on the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties. Not satisfied with their current Disaster Recovery strategy, they turned to VMware for a solution that completely protects their data for business critical applications, while scaling to meet their growth objectives.
“Extremely efficient and easy to deploy—vCloud Air is worth every penny.”
Learn how Legacy Reserves LP uses vCloud Air DRaaS as a comprehensive disaster recovery platform.
“Extremely efficient and easy to deploy. vCloud Air is worth every penny.”
VMware customers discuss how vCloud Air is changing the way they do business by providing them with flexibility which enables them with new innovations.
A video featuring vCloud Air customers as they discuss how VMware changes the way they do business. Customers featured include: Perforce Software, Legacy Reserves, Custom Windows System, Cloud Business, Carisbrooke Shipping, Bluefin Solutions, Iatric and Nevro Corp.
Leonardo-Finmeccanica: the digital transformation of infrastructure starts with a software-defined data center
The Security & Information Systems division at Leonardo-Finmeccanica has embarked on a transformation. It begins with the development of infrastructure technology to achieve agility and simplicity in the provision of IT services. Leonardo-Finmeccanica has selected VMware as the provider of the best technology solutions and advisory services to create a software-defined data center.
“It is a decisive project for us, and this was the best time to implement it. VMware has proven to be the right partner to do it with, and they have provided support of the highest quality.”
LifeSite Runs its Web Services Business in the Cloud with VMware vCloud Air
LifeSite’s unique platform provides an intuitive solution to organize, categorize, manage, and safely share information accumulated through every phase of life. LifeSite Vault guides users with easy prompts for entering and encrypting information in different categories such as personal, medical, people, pets, online accounts, career, finances, property, insurance, and legal – and provides convenient features to enter, attach, and share information and documents. The solution facilitates collaboration with family members and advisors, and lets users establish backup contacts, so that a trusted family member or loved one can access key personal information in the event of an emergency.
Security is the number one feature at LifeSite. They have designed solutions from the ground up, with the safety and security of customers' information in mind. LifeSite uses the latest military-grade security protocols, and are continuously monitoring and auditing their systems to maintain the highest level of security.
LifeSite selected VMware vCloud Air as its IT cloud platform for performance, reliability, and access to management and automation tools that will enable seamless ongoing development and deployment of new applications and features for customers. The vCloud Air platform delivers an enterprise-grade infrastructure-as-a-service with the security and network isolation, and platform high availability, LifeSite needs to run their businesses.
"Security is very important to us and we made a significant investment in 3 specific areas: password security, date encryption, and the environment. That's why decided to partner with VMware utilizing VMware's vCloud Air Service. We were looking for an environment where it could be single tenant and where we have dedicated resources. Given the high bar we have set for ourselves and our users, vCloud Air was the only choice. Partnering with VMware and utilizing their vCloud Air Service provides our users and us that level of trust we need."
Linxdatacenter is constantly evolving in response to the growing needs of clients. Linxdatacenter decided to extend the portfolio of services provided to clients and to introduce Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) based on the FlexPod platform. The current and prospective clients, who are using typical ICT and collocation services, gained an opportunity to rent comprehensive virtual environments – a virtual data center. In practice this means that, with access to processing capacity, RAM and significant disk space, they are able to create and manage virtual servers on their own. The entire hardware solution is managed by VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 products.
“Clients want to make sure that their data is secure and they want to know where exactly the data is stored. LinxCloud meets both of these requirements. Our service, also called “the private cloud”, enables our clients to process and store data on a secure platform and at the same time reduce the costs of hardware and software administration and maintenance. Also, the cloud allows for flexible and immediate adjustment of the hardware platform performance to meet the current needs of the company. The same rule applies to software, which does not need to be bought. You can pay for its use in the same way you pay for electricity consumption. Such an option is much more affordable compared to the traditional licensing model”.
Liquid Capital harnesses virtualization as key to innovation. In its charge to embrace tomorrow’s technology as a means to improve its customer’s experience, South African financial service provider to the motoring industry Liquid Capital, has made a significant investment in virtualizing its entire IT environment.
“You have to be brave, you have to have a business strategy and you must show results immediately as you build things for the future. If you need an effective disaster recovery solution it is simply a no brainer, you have to virtualize. It’s the catalyst for the future and without it you won’t be able to get to the cloud.”
Lombard Leasing Zrt.
Lombard Lízing Csoport has expanded its service portfolio considerably. Introducing products that are meant for new target groups presented a serious challenge for the IT team of the company. VMware based virtual environments were able to provide the business department with a new system in a day, including the installation and configuration of applications. It was precisely this kind of speed and flexibility that they wanted to achieve.
"Thanks to flexibility and availability achieved with VMware based virtualization Lombard Lízing Group can present itself to the customers as an agile, innovative and readily available financial service provider, and respond faster to changes on the market."
Lufthansa systems provide IT for the airline & aviation industry, based in Frankfurt, they employ over 3,000 people based in 14 countries. They needed to develop a system to distribute mapping data to pilots across the globe. Flight charts are only current for 4 weeks and pilots are only given 10 days to download updates. It needed to be scalable to cope with huge peaks in demand of up to 800MB of data being downloaded by over 7,000 pilots at the same time. A VMware Hybrid Cloud solution enables them to utilise a public cloud solution with their existing private cloud, increasing scalability & agility while ensuring data security. It was the only solution to provide the capacity to handle peaks in traffic avoiding latency issues
"VMware enables us to use the capabilities and scalabilities of a Public Cloud Provider and at the same time ensuring data security and integrity.”