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The Hut Group

 

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery is Changing how VMware Customers do Business

Have you ever wondered how a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy could be implemented in the cloud? What applications can you protect in the cloud? Can you simplify your environment at a lower cost? What are the core benefits achieved as a result of implementing disaster recovery in the cloud, verses an on-premises solution? On March 25th, 2015 8.00 am PST, we hosted a Google+ Hangout event featuring VMware experts and our customers as they provide a technical deep-dive into the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery service. They shared some of the challenges they faced as well as best practices for solutions to those challenges and ways the service has helped their various businesses.

“The cost difference between doing it yourself versus hosting it on VMware was really something that was attractive to us. And it only took us about six months from the day I joined The Hut Group to the day that we were able to stand up and test a fully functioning website. We never failed a production but we were able to replicate the full production databases out of the full production website and to do that within 6 months makes me feel very good but it also gave the executives comfort that they knew that we now had a solution which would be useful and known when we came to have a disaster.”

— Schalk vd Merwe, IT Director, The Hut Group

The Hut Group

 

Hut Group deploys VMware vCloud Air for more scalable, flexible and secure environment

The Hut Group is the UK’s leading, multi-website online retailer with rapidly growing international operations. The company’s websites are a crucial part of the business and need to be kept up and running at all times. The Hut Group is therefore using vCloud Air to make sure it’s infrastructure is flexible and scalable – giving the IT team the ability to get more capacity during peak periods and to reduce it down during quieter periods, so that customers have the same responsiveness and experience even when the sites are at their busiest.

“(DRaaS) enables us to grow faster than we are growing currently, and really enables us to be more efficient and flexible in what we are doing. Instead of having to keep two different data centers up and running, to ensure there is an up or down, or cold or hot data center, this enables us to ensure that it is the efficiency that we gain by only having to do the exercise once.”

— Schalk Van der Merwe, IT Director, The Hut Group

The Oberoi Group

 

The luxury hotel and tourism operator needed to improve returns on its technology assets. Implementing VMware Horizon View with VMware vSphere has reduced operating costs and enabled centralized control and maintenance of desktops and servers, while enabling employees to continue providing high-quality services to guests and corporate clients

"VMware Horizon View and VMware vSphere have improved our TCO by significantly extending the life span of client terminals in our hotels, and mimimizing the carbon footprint of our datacenter and end-user computing environment"

— Ashish Khanna, Assistant Vice President Corporate IT

The VMware VMworld Mobile App

 

VMworld Connects, Engages, and Impresses Conference Attendees with a Next-Generation Mobile App

The VMworld organizing team wanted a best in class mobile app that would enable the best possible experience for conference attendees. They wanted an app that would set new benchmarks for ease of information access, personalized communication, real-time content delivery, and user engagement. The app also needed to be radically scalable, secure, and easy to integrate with on-premises corporate information systems and cloud-based services. Raw Engineering met the challenge by building a new mobile app with its built-io mobile backend-as-a-service platform and the VMware® vCloud® Air™ platform.

“@TheBurdweiser – The #VMworld #VMworld2014 mobile app is great this year! Very easy to navigate.
@craigeherring – #vmworld nice vmworld app!
@Hekl – Loving the #VMworld14 app! Fantastic for keeping track of all the events happening! #nolimits
@JULIAN_WOOD – The #VMworld app has a Twitter client embedded that prepopulates tweets with #vmworld. Cool!
@HANSDELEENHEER – #vmworldselfie hahaha (taken from within #VMworld iOS app) http://t.co/ZOe4jvAMNd
@AmyJordana – Lovin the #VMworld mobile app! T-minus 2 days til lift off! #tradeshowlife
@PeteAtLTG – @VMworld app looks much improved this year. “

— Customer Tweets, VMworld 2014

The Waddington Group

 

A rapidly expanding group of manufacturing companies, The Waddington Group met the challenge of growth by leveraging VMware vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) to reduce time integrating backend systems by 80%. In addition, vSphere Data Protection Advanced increased reliability of backup and disaster recovery systems.

“The organization has been crying out for quicker implementation of new applications. Using vSphere with Operations Management, we can bring up new virtual hosts and deploy applications much more rapidly than in the past.”

— Paul Reed, Director of IT, The Waddington Group

Thiel Capital

 

Thiel Capital is an investment firm founded by Peter Thiel. Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, Thiel Capital provides strategic and operational support for Peter’s many investment initiatives and entrepreneurial endeavors. Related organizations include Clarium, Founders Fund, Mithril, Valar Ventures, and The Thiel Foundation.

“We use vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, and so far we have had a positive experience. VMware’s team kept in good contact before, during, and after the installation. The product was pretty straightforward, despite Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) being a new offering.”

— Ryan Conley, System Administrator, Thiel Capital

TiAuto (Pty) Ltd.

 

Full visibility, improved performance and ability to further sweat IT assets

TiAuto was looking for a system that would enable it to deploy a charge back functionality across all of its seven divisions. It needed a system that would give the IT team a view of what each department was running, how much hardware they were using and in short summarize if the systems / servers it had in place were in fact healthy. After rolling out vSOM, the company had an instant view of its some 120 virtual machines and the benefits to the business were immediate as the TiAuto IT department could instantly identify which machines hadn’t been provisioned properly as well as where there was fault or capacity in its systems which could then be optimized.

“vSOM has been fantastic for the business as we can now benefit from adding more virtual machines on what we already have as we can resize our existing environment without running the risk of oversizing the storage. From a management perspective IT can now provide our executive team a visual report that shows them exactly how much hardware we use across the group. It goes as granular as defining what each hardware component is doing and in turn we can justify what we need and can qualify each infrastructural investment.”

— David van Vuuren, Group ICT Manager, TiAuto

Times Internet Ltd

 

Times Internet, the digital content delivery organisation of Times India, embarked on an aggressive Private Cloud deployment to deliver an elastic, scalable and highly reactive IT infrastructure. 3 datacentres were consolidated to two, and 800 physical servers consolidated to 100 VMs, all within months. With over 30 million unique visits every month, the Times Internet cloud brings high availability to media and content distribution.

"Two of the reasons for cloud were elasticity and scale. On Times of India if there is big news, you will see traffic growth to about 200 to 300%. At that point in time, if you didn’t have elastic infrastructure, you would have trouble in scaling that operation."

— Gautam Sinha, Chief Operating Officer & CTO

Transact Payment System

 

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery is Changing how VMware Customers do Business

Have you ever wondered how a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy could be implemented in the cloud? What applications can you protect in the cloud? Can you simplify your environment at a lower cost? What are the core benefits achieved as a result of implementing disaster recovery in the cloud, verses an on-premises solution? On March 25th, 2015 8.00 am PST, we hosted a Google+ Hangout event featuring VMware experts and our customers as they provide a technical deep-dive into the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery service. They shared some of the challenges they faced as well as best practices for solutions to those challenges and ways the service has helped their various businesses.

“The cost difference between doing it yourself versus hosting it on VMware was really something that was attractive to us. And it only took us about six months from the day I joined The Hut Group to the day that we were able to stand up and test a fully functioning website. We never failed a production but we were able to replicate the full production databases out of the full production website and to do that within 6 months makes me feel very good but it also gave the executives comfort that they knew that we now had a solution which would be useful and known when we came to have a disaster.”

— Schalk vd Merwe, IT Director, The Hut Group

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

 

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue near Portland, Oregon leverages the VMware RealTime Mobile Response Solution to deliver critical information to mobile first responders and public affairs personnel.

"I would recommend VMware Horizon virtual desktop technology to other agencies facing the same challenges. The benefits that we’ve seen in administration and extending our enterprise network into the mobile and field environment have just been incredibly valuable and incredibly successful."

— April Frezza, Logistics Director, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

Union Hospital

 

Union Hospital Boosts Business Critical Application Performance on VMware Virtual SAN

Faced with aging hardware and maxed-out resources, Union Hospital preferred to replace its existing SAN and migrate to a different and better platform for its Tier-1 VM storage, Virtual SAN, a hyper-converged solution that provides scale-out capabilities and the best integration with the entire VMware stack. The decision not only saved money and helped right size their storage environment, it also solved key application performance challenges and freed up operational resources, positioning Union Hospital for future expansion.

“We actually had clinics calling us up to say how much faster the apps were running once they were in a pure Virtual SAN environment. … It seems like the more things we migrate to Virtual SAN, the more people are begging to be on it.”

— Chad Elliott, Network Systems Consultant, Union Hospital

Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka

 

UTeM needed to improve the availability of its critical business applications and deliver them cost-effectively; make infrastructure resources available for research projects faster and more efficiently and provide students with mobile access to desktops so they could learn anytime from any location. By deploying end-to-end VMware virtualization, the university has cut its datacenter infrastructure costs by 45 percent, and is implementing student mobility programs and a private cloud

"By providing a reliable, environmentally friendly, agile infrastructure at a reasonable cost, VMware has put itself at the heart of our current and future planning."

— Zainudin Salleh, IT Officer, Computer Center, UTeM

University of Derby

 

The University of Derby wanted technology to improve the running of its IT estate, including its business critical applications running Oracle Databases. Having virtualized a number of smaller applications to start with by early 2012, the University of Derby decided to move its Oracle PeopleSoft applications across to its virtual infrastructure to help increase the efficiency and agility of services.

“We virtualised our most critical business applications with VMware and completely rely on it to keep them agile. We started virtualizing with VMware to save costs, but now it has become an absolutely crucial technology to support our current and future IT infrastructure”

— Ianto Jones, Servers and Storage Manager at the University of Derby

University of New Mexico

 

The University of New Mexico comprises approximately 45,000 faculty, staff, and students with 100 departments and affiliates, and running about 660 VMs across the organization. Learn how the University of New Mexico is moving to a streamlined and automated private cloud model on VMware vRealize to gain a proper degree of centralization for infrastructure efficiency, while preserving a sufficient culture of decentralization for agility, innovation, and departmental-level control. Brian Pietrewicz, Director of Computing Platforms at UNM discusses the latest ways to manage cloud architectures and processes to attain the best of cloud efficiencies, while empowering improved services delivery and process agility.

“We're running a VMware stack and we're also running vRealize Automation. We've deployed the Self-Service Portal. We give departments, faculty members, or departmental IT folks the ability to go into the portal and deploy their own machines at will. Then, they are administrators of that machine. They also have additional management features through the vRealize Automation console so that they can effectively do whatever they need to do with the server, but not have to worry about any of the underlying infrastructure.”

— Brian Pietrewicz, Director of Computing Platforms, University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico

 

University of New Mexico Takes IT to the Cloud to Centralize Services While Maintaining Departmental Autonomy

University of New Mexico (UNM) Central IT implemented VMware vRealize Automation to enable department IT organizations to consume infrastructure as a service. As a result, UNM automated formerly manual tasks, reduced deployment times for new machines, and decreased operating costs while delivering personalized IT services.

“We looked at the manual processes and found steps that could be easily automated. That’s when we turned to VMware vRealize Automation.”

“With the help of VMware solutions, we’ve transformed an extremely inconsistent service process into an experience that’s the equivalent of going into McDonald’s and ordering a Big Mac.”

— Brian Pietrewicz, Director of Computing Platforms, University of New Mexico

University of Zurich

 

The University of Zurich was considering modifications to its in-house infrastructure which would permit it to react to potential disruptions in the OLAT system with more agility. The solution focused on VMware vFabric tc Server, since it was critical for the migration that the integration be able to proceed problem-free. The operations team now has a central console for monitoring and management of the application server. As a result, potential problems can now be detected before they occur, so that timely action can be taken before users are impacted.

“VMware vFabric tc Server has significantly accelerated the deployment of new application servers, reducing time to market of new functionality.”

— Dr. Alan Moran, Head of OLAT

Vasakronan

 

Here, Sören Sandell, CIO at Vasakronan and Marcus Lindstedt, CEO of Excanto talk about Vasakronan’s journey of moving from a traditional office environment to an activity based offices and how Excanto helped in delivering their vision. In their new environment the individual is in the center, and through smart IT solutions that build on VMware vSphere and VMware View provides its employees the freedom to work whenever they want, wherever they want and on whichever device they choose, in a simple, accessible and secure IT environment.

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Discover how Mid-Market organizations have transformed their Business Operations by implementing VMware solutions.

"We needed another way to get there because the business environment was changing, our customers were looking for new ways to deploy our software and we figured out how to do that on VMware."

— Patrick Tickle, , Executive VP of Products, Planview

VIF International Education

 

VIF International Education builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. For more than 25 years, educators have leveraged VIF’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and cultural exchange programs to generate engaging learning environments where students can excel in core curriculum as well as develop valuable 21st century skills. VIF is a proud B Corp, and strives to support teachers, school leaders and districts in the endeavor of developing globally competent citizens through turnkey international education programs and resources.

“We run a VMware cluster internally and using vCloud Air eliminates the need for a steep learning curve for us when managing the cloud-based systems. So far, vCloud Air has been very good to us especially having it integrated with Linux.”

— Mark Haney, Engineeer, VIF International Education

VIF International Education

 

VIF International Education runs its Global Learning Platform Three Times Faster with VMware vCloud Air

VIF International Education, headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, provides an exchange program for international educators who want to teach in the United States, and offers educational programs and resources to develop global citizens.

When usage for its Learning Center platform grew from 1,500 to more than 8,000 users in one year, the platform experienced outages and bandwidth issues that impacted the user experience. By migrating to vCloud Air, the platform has 99.999 percent availability, providing a consistent experience for teachers, while using only one-third of the compute resources as the on-premises facilities.

“Using VMware as our platform gives us the opportunity to only be limited by what we think we can do. We know the platform is going to work regardless, so it's one less step we have to worry about when planning for a big project. We know it'll do what it is that we need it to do; we're only limited by our imagination as far as what ideas we have to make global education happen.”

— Mark Haney, Senior Systems Engineer, VIF International Education
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