Columbia Sportswear Embarks on Disaster Recovery and SAP Virtualization Journey: Columbia reduced costs right away by running and supporting less physical hardware. With fewer machines to power, run and cool, energy and operational costs declined, leading to hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings.
“It’s the inherent ability for us to scale resources rapidly, on-demand, that VMware provides us. We don’t have that any other way.”
CHARUSAT Selects VMware as the Virtualization Partner to Build a Green and Cloud-Ready Campus
“IT at CHARUSAT is the prime mover for the University’s goals of achieving excellence in its functions of administration, academics and industry interaction. Cloud computing is the future for IT in academics, and the first step in that direction is virtualization. VMware has enabled us to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. The solution has helped us save on capital and operational costs and management time, while also giving us flexibility and convenience. Our TCO has come down by almost 20% with added advantage of high availability, better scalability, and reliability.”
Deploying VMware really helped us in huge savings in terms of money, space, time, power requirements, and overall costs of running the datacenter. It has given us the flexibility, comfort and visibility, and we are 100% sure of its benefits.”
VMware virtualization enabled NSL to revamp their datacenter facilities to enable faster and more responsive service to business and enhance disaster recovery.
The responsibility to service our internal and external customers is of paramount importance to NSL IT. Because of the rate at which our business is growing, we felt it was crucial for IT to be proactive in cutting the lead times to procure, install and configure new servers. Implementing the VMware solution has brought agility to the IT team and improved our service levels to 99+%. This high availability coupled with a move to a Linux environment has helped us deliver high end IT enabled business solutions at a rapid pace and an optimal price. Thisimplementation has helped us significantly to move towards our stated IT vision of ‘Achieving Business Alignment of IT’” — Venu Madduri – Group Vice President – IT, NSL Group
Clal Insurance Holdings
Clal's rapid adoption of server virtualization enabled desktop virtualization that has spawned cloud and mobile computing benefits, clearly illustrating the multiplier effect of value and capabilities from such IT transformation efforts.
"We consider what we've done a private cloud. We're actually looking into ways of going into a hybrid cloud and pushing some of our systems to the public cloud in order to control the hybrid one … The plan is that by the end of next year, all of our employees could be working on VMware View. The ability to give the user the same experience on each device that he works on is priceless."
Kaseya wanted to have its entire hardware infrastructure hosted externally to reduce costs and improve flexibility. It was also keen to start delivering a SaaS offering to its customers. Kaseya made the move to the cloud and created a managed software-as-a-service platform, based on VMware technology.
“Working with VMware has enabled us to achieve the completely hardware-free environment we wanted. Our main driver for the switch to a cloud model was to cut costs, but we’ve realised so much more than that from our move – increased security and availability, improved flexibility and better customer service to boot!”
After a year leveraging VMware infrastructure, NYSE's cloud-based Capital Markets Community Platform of vertical industry services is successfully meeting the needs of Wall Street IT leaders.
"We knew that we were going out well ahead of everybody else and we were very keen to do so, because we see and understand the cloud vision that VMware and EMC in particular have been promoting over the past few years. We agree with it fully. We feel like we're uniquely positioned within the capital markets industry as the neutral party."
Foley & Lardner LLP
Global legal services leader Foley & Lardner LLP has adopted virtual desktops and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) innovation to enhance end-user productivity across their far-flung operations.
"The ease of mobility and some of the productivity gains [from VMware View] make a big difference. The quicker we can get access to people and information for our attorneys, no matter where they are and no matter what the device they're using, is really important today. That does provide some additional benefit for our attorneys, when it comes to delivering the best possible service we can to our clients."
With VMware, MicroStrategy offers analytics in the cloud as a platform-as-a-service. Customers come to MicroStrategy for all the components needed for cloud-based analytics, in a pre-integrated format. Customers no longer need to worry about provisioning their own technology, or waiting for lengthy implementation processes that could take months to finish.
“The business itself would not be possible for us to deliver in a cost-effective way if we didn’t have the virtualized infrastructure.”
Comic Relief transforms donation handling for Sport Relief with VMware cloud technology. VMware vSphere provides a resilient system that can handle high volumes of web traffic. Hosting it in the cloud provides Comic Relief with the flexibility to scale up during peak time, and scale back during the rest of the year.
“The VMware-based cloud is the right solution for Comic Relief, allowing us the flexibility and scalability we need to support our complex payments platform. The vSphere technology provides a robust system that ensures 100 per cent reliability even when dealing with large and unpredictable levels of web traffic.”
Minivegas was looking for flexible rendering capacity for their website www.firstcarstory.com to allow visitors to quickly create a personalized animated video. Within a short time a real-time online video-rendering solution in the cloud was developed. This high-performance environment is based on a physical infrastructure using VMware vSphere and vCloud products. The integration and control of the vCloud environment from the render infrastructure takes place via prefab vApps and VMware PowerCLI and the vCloud API. Payment based on consumption makes use of VMware Chargeback.
“With this VMware technology we were able to save a great deal of time on the project. Thanks to the application of the vApps we quickly had a working concept.”
Virtualization has allowed BancVue to reduce its physical servers, leading to cost reductions and efficiency gains across its business. Overall, BancVue has been able to reduce its hardware footprint by ten times.
“Our environment is very heterogeneous, and other virtualization solutions we looked into, native and open source, had synch problems and time-drift between systems. Many virtualization products worked great for some operating systems but did not have the same depth and support for other operating systems.”
University of Óbuda, Neumann János Faculty of Information Technology
By the server and desktop side virtualisation of the educational environment, the Neumann János Faculty of IT was able to improve the efficiency of monitoring and energy consumption, therefore it is planning to continue future investments and developments in the same direction. An even higher advantage is, however, that by using virtualisation in a live environment, the teachers and students have the opportunity to acquire practical knowledge at the same time as learning theoretical studies. This includes fine tuning and optimisation of resource utilisation apart beyond the design and monitoring of virtualised environments. It is of high importance to the Neumann János Faculty of Information Technology to be able to teach state-of-the-art IT technologies not just on the theoretical level but in practice, too, because this is the precondition to provide to the students up-to-date knowledge with value on the labour market. Virtualisation occupies a distinguished place among these technologies. VMware Hungary provides all support it can in this field to the University of Óbuda in the form of professional advice, presentations and software licences.
“It is of utmost importance to us to be able to teach highly developed technologies like WMware View not only on a theoretical level but in practice, too, since this is the only way we can provide up-to-date knowledge to our students representing value on the labour market.”
Repsol needed to migrate its SAP application servers to a platform that allowed reduced deployment times, greater flexibility and reliability as well as cost reductions through virtualization, thereby fulfilling the company's internal policies for improving its management processes.
“Repsol has always been committed to IT innovation in order to offer the best possible service to its customers. The VMware solutions have provided flexibility, speed and solidity to the platform, and we have also been able to reduce costs thanks to improved hardware utilization”.
Central Clearing House and Depository (Budapest) Ltd. (KELER ZRT.)
The clearing house started a project in 2009 with the title KIÚT (KELER Infrastructure Redesign) with the goals of consolidating the IT environment, increasing its availability and flexibility, achieving supplier-independence and reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO). According to its business mission and vision, KELER is intending to provide continuous competitive and client-focused services, active utilisation of business opportunities, flexible management of changes and effective operations. The higher reliability, flexibility achieved through the VMware-based virtualisation of the server environment, the higher efficiency of testing and easier monitoring, accountable working operations are all indispensable for achieving these goals and putting the company philosophy into practice. For example, this server environment allowed KELER to provide services available through the web (e.g. online ISIN code issuance), but also enables the planned introduction of the document management system and the switchover to using e-accounts.
“The reliable working operation called forth by the VMware-based virtualisation of our server environment is now simply indispensable in achieving our business goals set out in our enterprise strategy."
Deutsche Telekom AG Commundo Tagungshotels
Challenges: Rollout for 50 PC seminar rooms with 132 desktops each at 8 hotel locations. Deployment of business-critical applications and software from a wide range of environments. Increasing demands on IT in provisioning the technical infrastructure. High security requirements. Observance of corporate compliance policies. Reduction in time, personnel and hardware costs. Increase flexibility for IT staff. Solution: Desktop virtualization with VMware View. Fat client desktops will be replaced with zero clients by June 30, 2012. VPN infrastructure will remain intact. Results: Time required for desktop deployment reduced by 84 percent. Installation time per seminar cut from 90 minutes to 10. Application and software rollout centralized and simplified. Standardized desktop environment.
"We no longer have to rely on on-site support from outside IT providers when performing rollouts. Using virtualized desktops, we can deploy applications and software packages from various environments very quickly from a central location. This has enabled us to significantly reduce our personnel costs."
McNeese State University
Discover how the IT department at McNeese University is partnering with NetApp and VMware to proactively ensure against data loss due to hurricanes and other potential disasters.
“With a robust disaster recovery strategy backed by NetApp and VMware capabilities, our IT department is better prepared to manage the data center and maintain university operations in the event of another hurricane or other disaster.”
Ocean Observatories Initiative
The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) and its accompanying Cyberinfrastructure Program uses VMware vFabric RabbitMQ to help provide an unprecedented ability to study the Earth's oceans and climate using myriad distributed data centers and oceans of data.
"We needed an event-response infrastructure that allows us to operate on scales from microseconds to hours in being able to detect and respond to the changes. We needed an ability to move computing throughout the network to deal with the different latency requirements that were needed for the event-response analysis. Finally, we have computational nodes all the way down in the ocean, as well as on the shore stations, that are accepting or acquiring the data coming off the network. And we're distributing that data in real time to anyone who wants to listen to the signals to develop their own sense-and-response mechanisms, whether they're in the cloud, in their local institutions, or on their laptop."
BancVue is one of the fastest growing companies in the financial space. Their charter is to help credit unions and small banks compete with mega banks by providing them innovative products and services.
“One of my goals as the VP of Systems Operations in the datacenter is to have a private cloud where we are fully in control of who touches the servers, what is being administered on the servers, and able to give those results to auditors upon request.”
VMware virtualization enables Bank Andara to provide reliable services to its clients while lowering costs and responding quickly to business demands.
We selected VMware after evaluating alternative virtualization offerings. We were impressed that the product had been in the market and actively developed for more than five years, and that it.