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.”
Flushing Bank Eliminates Data Security Risks and Simplifies Desktop Management with VMware Horizon
Flushing Bank needed more robust security for the customer data on its employees’ desktop and notebook PCs. To eliminate potential data loss from a compromised client system, the bank implemented a desktop and application virtualization solution based on VMware Horizon®. By moving all storage and processing of customer data to a protected data center environment, the bank increased security, improved the user experience, simplified client system administration, reduced costs, and streamlined its desktop management.
“Our experience with VMware and Horizon has been predominantly positive. It’s a great product, very solid, and the support is absolutely outstanding. You can always get a VMware engineer to help you with a task.”
EMC Corporation Consulting and IT Services for Life Sciences
EMC Documentum for Life Sciences Regains Its Competitive Edge with VMware vCloud Air
The EMC Documentum for Life Sciences sales force could not always effectively compete, because it took them several weeks to deploy a proof of concept while it took their competitors much less time. In addition, EMC sales engineers had to spend valuable time creating and managing demos. By hosting the EMC Documentum for Life Sciences solution on VMware vCloud® AirTM, EMC now creates and deploys their demo and proofs of concept environments in just a few minutes, and offers tighter security and better performance, both competitive differentiators.
EMC Documentum for Life Sciences helps accelerate product discovery and development. It streamlines and secures information and provides a flexible, secure, powerful and automated information infrastructure essential to speed processes governing research, clinical trials and GMP while reducing cost and complexity. The solutions consist of modules for research and development, clinical trials, regulatory submissions, and manufacturing to provide critical compliance with various global governmental oversight entities such as the FDA. EMC Documentum is the industry standard for regulated document management with more than 75 percent of leading life sciences enterprises relying on EMC Documentum solutions.
"VMware vCloud Air levels the playing field, making EMC as agile as our competitors. We simply can’t compete without it."
Cloud Management Tools and Integrations Provide Competitive Advantage for Hipskind and its Customers
Hipskind leverages VMware vRealize Operations Insight, along with management pack integrations with DataGravity and Palo Alto Networks, for improved agility and reliability in the cloud environment.
“The measurable benefits allowed us to grow our environment by nearly double, but still manage it with the same team of people. It's a huge ROI for us. The immeasurable benefits are the predictive analysis and insuring that we keep our promises about never running out and never going down.”
Montgomery County Deploys Desktop Virtualization and Mobility to Better Serve Its Citizens
Montgomery County needed to respond to mobile and remote access demands from various employee constituencies—from field health workers to judges and sheriffs. It needed an environment where employees could access all their desktops, applications, and online services remotely and securely, from any device on any platform, with single sign-on. It found just that with VMware Horizon, a desktop and application virtualization solution, and AirWatch by VMware, an enterprise mobility management platform to ease desktop and device management for Montgomery County’s IT while boosting employee productivity, protecting sensitive citizen data and cutting costs.
“I never needed to sell this technology to anyone—it sells itself. Users never notice the system is virtual. We have no complaints about speed or performance.”
City Clinic Bulgaria
VMware Horizon View at City Clinic Bulgaria
A solution designed to provide an agile and adaptive approach to hospital infrastructure and at the same time to respond to future expansions and upgrades. In addition of choosing vSphere for the virtualization of all services and machines on server level the solution uses Horizon View in order to ensure the VDI features. The combination empowers the hospital to achieve agility through an off-premise cloud-based virtual infrastructure.
“In contemporary medicine technology is very important for providing high quality medical services. VMware solutions help us provide a better medical service to our patients. VMware View allows us to have a constant and mobile access to medical information regardless our current location and via any device.”
Virtual SAN enables IndonesianCloud to remain competitive
IndonesianCloud, a cloud service provider, part of the vCloud Air Network, focuses on delivery of enterprise class hosting services to their customers. Their customers primarily run mission critical workloads in IndonesianCloud’s three datacenter environment, which means that stability, reliability and predictability is really important.
The traditional environment they had earlier wasn’t allowing them to remain competitive in a dynamic and price sensitive market. After evaluating several different hyperconverged and software-based offerings they settled on VMware’s hyperconverged infrastructure solution, Virtual SAN. Since the Virtual SAN platform was placed into production, they have deployed over 450 new virtual machines onto their initial 12 node cluster. In addition, migration of another 600 virtual machines from one of their legacy storage platforms onto their Virtual SAN environment is underway.
"VMware Virtual SAN and hyperconverged infrastructure enabled us to reduce our overall platform cost by a staggering 70% which translated directly into savings for our customers. Beyond just direct savings we are also able to simplify how we scale our platform."