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MicroStrategy

 

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.”

— Alex Freixas, VP MicroStrategy Labs

Sports Relief

 

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.”

— Caroline Lien, Strategy Director, Comic Relief

Minivegas

 

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.”

— Ellen Utrecht, Executive Producer, Minivegas Studio

BancVue

 

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.”

— Sunny Nair, VP of IT and Systems Operations

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.”

— Dr. Tamás Schubert, Director, Institute of Information Systems, Neumann János Faculty of Information Technology, University of Óbuda

Repsol

 

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”.

— Iker García Lafuente, VMware Platforms and Windows Server, Repsol

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."

— András Katkó, IT Director, KELER ZRT.

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."

— Jürgen Daust, Director Quality, Personnel, IV & IT, Commundo Tagungshotels, Deutsche Telekom AG

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.”

— Chad Thibodeaux, CIO

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."

— Matthew Arrott, Project Manager at the OOI Cyberinfrastructure

BancVue

 

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.”

— Sunny Nair, VP of IT and Systems Operations

Bank Andara

 

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.

— Ferdinandus Rudijanto, Head of IT, Bank Andara

Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd.

 

Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd., Chakan sets a benchmark for their datacenter with VMware virtualization and boosts productivity

“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.”

— Venkatakrishnan B, Head of IT – Chakan

University of Malaya Specialist Centre

 

VMware virtualization enables University of Malaya Specialist Centre (UMSC) to respond quickly to clinicians’ need to access various clinical information systems, by making desktops available via mobile devices and fixed terminals. It also simplifies the provisioning and management of servers and computing resources. In addition, VMware allows UMSC to make computing resources available to all other operational staff quickly and efficiently.

“VMware has enabled us to provision mobile, secure desktops that clinicians can access from thick, thin or mobile clients from anywhere in our hospital campus or via a virtual private network.”

— Leon Jackson, Head of IT, University of Malaya Specialist Centre

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

 

MCPHS liked the way thin-client architecture streamlined IT management and reduced client-hardware costs in the practice pharmacy lab. Therefore, the college decided to migrate all campus PCs to thin client technology backed by VMware View.

“With VMware View, we’re able to improve productivity by allowing our faculty, staff and students to access our virtual technology center from home, their iPads, their wireless laptops – they can access their desktop from anywhere in the world.”

— Tom Scanlon, CIO

Fitchburg State University

 

With VMware View, Fitchburg State University is able to more easily roll out specific software and configurations to different locations and with less time and fewer IT staff.

“Not only do we reduce some costs in the thin client adventure but we’ve also started to generate revenue for our university which is not traditionally something IT is involved in.”

— Steve Swartz, CIO

Infosys Limited

 

By running SAP on VMware vSphere, Infosys Limited lowered its costs by USD$200,000 per year, maintained application performance, and ensured the enterprise resource planning system was available to support business requirements. The decision has also enabled Infosys to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and consequently its impact on the environment.

“VMware vSphere enabled us to exceed customer expectations for on-demand compute resources, improved application availability and better disaster recovery capabilities.” Jitendra Sangharajka, Associate Vice President and Head, Enterprise Platform Management Group, Infosys Limited

— Jitendra Sangharajka, Associate Vice President and Head, Enterprise Platform Management Group

Ocean Observatories Initiative

 

Discover how The Ocean Observatories Initiative is leveraging VMware vFabric RabbitMQ to build a highly distributed, robust cyberinfrastructure that will transform ocean scientists’ ability to gather data and collaborate.

“As a very agile, software-based message system, VMware RabbitMQ allows us to build a highly available, distributed cyberinfrastructure that will transform the capabilities of the global ocean research community.”

— Matthew Arrott, Program Manager

Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter

 

Discover how Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter replaced its old desktops with Wyse Zero clients running VMware View. The virtualized desktop environment is less expensive to run and easier to manage.

“VMware View allowed us to clean up and centralize our desktop environment. It improved the manageability of our desktop systems, reduced our desktop costs, and delivered green benefits in the form of power savings.”

— Rob Stumpf, Director of Information Technology

Publishers Clearing House

 

As it looks to expand its online “Play & Win” websites efficiently and securely, Publishers Clearing House is partnering with Hosting. com and leveraging VMware virtualization to achieve a hybrid cloud approach to its IT infrastructure

"Partnering with Hosting.com has allowed us to take our VMware virtualization strategy to the next level, helping us to cut costs and enabling a hybrid cloud platform."

— Darwin Bravo, Senior Manager of Online Infrastructure and Operations
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