Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is a McLean, Virginia–based systems integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC’s primary customer is the United States government, but its 13,000 employees also deliver systems engineering and integration offerings for large-scale government and commercial projects across the globe. SAIC prides it-self on delivering effective, competitive technology services and solutions to its clients. With VMware vCloud Government Services provided by Carpathia, SAIC has been able to address most of the security concerns for most of their clients which has enabled them to offer hybrid cloud services to the government.
“We see vCloud Government Services as being almost a perfect platform for delivering enterprise IT that is inclusive of cloud but recognizes that there’s a much broader set of services that have to be delivered in the IT portfolio.”
Cloud Business is a fast growing cloud consultant software company based in the UK. They needed UK hosting for their customers and to provide a platform that would allow their business to grow significantly over the next 10 years. When they were looking for a cloud solution, they needed 3 things: enterprise class, the data to be hosted in the UK, and a predictable pricing model. The only provider that could guarantee all 3 services was VMware vCloud Air.
Using VMware vCloud Air, Carisbrooke Shipping has found a way to consolidate its IT infrastructure to improve management and agility, while completely reducing its reliance on physical hardware.
VMware vCloud Air is the first service Bluefin Solutions has come across that enables almost instantaneous transfers between two cloud environments. It will enable the consultancy to create a full hybrid model based on a technology they know and trust.
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."
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.”
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.”
Oregon State University
The IT department at Oregon State University manages two open-use computer labs and one computer-equipped classroom. Because of financial restrictions, the university had originally purchased all of its servers with local storage, but that infrastructure could not handle the school’s growing workloads, and it required time-consuming upkeep. The university turned to the new VMware Virtual SAN product, which addresses these and other concerns while offering a simple and scalable solution that fits within its budget.
“Before Virtual SAN, we had no ability to scale. Now… it’s a piece of cake; if I want to add additional capacity, I just add an additional server. I don’t have to worry about whether my SAN can grow or not.”
Computer data storage company EMC deployed several components of VMware vRealize Suite to deliver database as a service (DBaaS). The solution dramatically accelerated database deployment, slashing delivery times by 99 percent. It also makes ongoing management of databases more effective, allowing administrators to quickly and easily make necessary changes. And it allows IT staff to be more responsive to business needs and strategic goals.
"With our database-as-a-service framework built on the VMware solutions, the business can get what it needs, when it needs it."
To improve service delivery agility and responsiveness to application developers and test engineers, VMware’s operations organization implemented VMware vRealize™ Suite to accelerate its application delivery process. By automating the end-to-end provisioning and test process as well as leveraging VMware internal private cloud infrastructure services, VMware slashed the time needed to deliver workloads to the development team, increased the predictability of provisioning tasks, and decreased IT costs. The result helped VMware become more agile by improving developer productivity while at the same time decreasing project risk and application backlog.
“By streamlining application delivery and ongoing management, VMware vRealize Suite frees up more time for development and allows IT to be more agile.”
MIT Media Lab
MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts is one of the many independent research labs within MIT. During VMworld 2014, Michail Blatsas, who runs the group that takes care of computing infrastructure for the lab, talked about how they're exploring the use of cloud and hybrid cloud and seeing the benefits of VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery.
“A solution like the vCloud Air allows us to look at a real disaster scenario, where something really catastrophic happens at the campus, and we use it to keep certain critical databases, including all the access tools around them, in a farther-away location.”
Bluefin Solutions unlocks hybrid cloud with VMware vCloud Air. Bluefin Solutions needs to swiftly move SAP applications from the test and development stage in the public cloud (off-premises), to a live environment in the private cloud (on-premises). They have been building these systems in the Amazon public cloud, but once the test and development stage is complete, there is no way of moving the SAP systems back to on-premises. Instead, the team has to entirely rebuild them, replicating days, weeks, or even months of work. vCloud Air is the first solution Bluefin Solutions has come across which enables almost instantaneous transfers between the two cloud environments. It will enable the consultancy to create a full hybrid cloud model based on a technology it knows and trusts.
“With vCloud Air, we can now seamlessly move data and applications freely across private and public cloud environments. As a global technology company, Bluefin Solutions has always been at the forefront of new and emerging technologies. With vCloud Air we can continue to drive innovation - new ways of doing business supported by new uses of technology. I can now create a full hybrid cloud model based on a technology I know and trust, in support of enterprise workloads such as SAP.”
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.”
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office uses VMware Horizon to optimize access, productivity and response in their 911 dispatch center, while maintaining high levels of criminal justice information (CJIS) security.
"One of the biggest benefits we’re recognizing from Horizon is flexibility and the ease of management. There is no learning curve so it was really easy to adopt. When it was time to migrate over, it was just a simple matter of standing up the new virtual desktops in the new center without any interruption."
Custom Window Systems
Learn how Custom Window Systems uses vCloud Air to go to market faster with new applications, to develop and test applications more efficiently and cost effectively, and to reduce overall CapEx.
“vCloud Air has allowed us to rapidly increase or capacity for application testing and deployment, to empower our users to provision their own resources, and to increase the reliability of our self-hosted services…all while allowing us to leverage the VMware platform that we are already familiar with and trust.”
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.”
National Physician Services
Formed by physicians over 10 years ago, National Physician Services (NPS) is a healthcare technology company located in Hartford, CT. NPS provides technology solutions to healthcare providers to support the workflow of practices that increase efficiency, fulfill regulatory requirements and enhance patient care. NPS purchased and implemented VMware hybrid cloud solutions to develop and test applications, reduce their CAPEX infrastructure, as well as use it for their disaster recovery implementation.
“Using the VMware vCloud Air platform, we now have the cutover capabilities to a mirror disaster recovery environment to ensure uptime for those critical systems our physicians use to threat their patients. This improves our ability to recover quickly from outages and allows us to reduce expenses from other technologies we used as contingency for any system issues. By utilizing the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery technologies, we have reduced our existing RPO by 74% and our RTO by 90%.”
Pivotal Software Chooses Hybrid Cloud Platform to Connect Far-Flung Global Startup
As a joint venture of EMC and VMware, Pivotal Software was created with 1,400 employees, global operations, multiple mature business units and development projects, and no shared systems or facilities. The firm’s new IT group chose to deploy its core IT infrastructure on the VMware vCloud Air platform, connecting disparate parts and providing a foundation for shared systems and services.
Pivotal Software enables the creation of modern, cloud-native software applications that leverage big data and agile development practices. The company’s products combine apps, data, and analytics on an enterprise platform as a service powered by Cloud Foundry. Launched in 2013, Pivotal is a joint venture of EMC Corporation and VMware that brings together products, open source development projects, employees, and business units from both parent companies.
“If we had followed the traditional model of building or own physical infrastructure first, it would have diverted too much time, talent, and capital from the more important tasks of building the company. We were able to spin up the core IT infrastructure for a global organization very much quickly, with a minimal IT staff.”
“VMware vCloud Air is elastic, has lower-cost maintenance, has quicker deployment and has a global reach. It has been a solid start. Once we were up and running, it has been pretty seamless. VMware support is excellent and we will definitely continue to expand our use of VMWare vCloud Air to run more mission-critical apps for Pivotal.”
San Francisco Ballet
With a mission to share the joy of dance with the world and also offer the highest caliber of training, San Francisco Ballet turned to VMware to provide them with a cloud solution that would be able to integrate seamlessly with their existing technology as well as offer them a good disaster recovery plan option. After implementing the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, they have seen benefits that range from cost reduction of their infrastracture as well as increased reliability of their applications.
“We needed a strategic disaster recovery plan consistent with our on premise infrastructure. To date, all is working as expected from VMware. From webinars to live demonstrations, all promises have been realized. All implementation and support calls have been a dream come true.“
Ideosity, a boutique technology consultancy with large global clients, needed to ensure that client data was safely backed up and could be easily recovered by a small IT team. With the VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced solution, data is backed up and replicated to offsite locations as an added measure of protection. Best of all, backups and replication that once took 12 hours or more can now be completed in less than three hours. Faster data protection means Ideosity can do more with existing hardware and its existing IT resources, saving time, money, and effort.
“I’ve virtualized with VMware and prefer backing up with VMware. With vSphere Data Protection Advanced, backups have gotten more sophisticated. It is cost-effective and reliable— kind of set it and forget it.”