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City of Avondale

 

City of Avondale Establishes Business Continuity and Protection for Critical Services with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery and vSphere

After implementing a hybrid cloud solution based on vSphere, the city of Avondale determined that it was positioned to take a major leap with its backup and disaster strategy. The city had local backup services for fast recovery. However, it had aims for a regionally separate disaster recovery site in case of a major catastrophic event in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. City staff saw emerging as-a-service options as a means to allow Avondale to achieve its business resumption goals at a level of cost and ease unavailable in the past.

“We reached our goal of 70 percent virtualization in just over a year within a year of using vSphere. VMware continuously advances its technology and provides options that allow us to build onto its solutions. As a CIO, that's critical when looking at strategic investments.”

— Rob Lloyd, CIO, City of Avondale

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

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

Synergent

 

Synergent Taps VMware NSX for Micro- Segmentation and IT Automation in the Software-Defined Data Center

Synergent created a cloud-based multi-tenant environment built on VMware vCloud Suite Advanced and deploy VMware NSX to virtualize its network.

“Given our work in the financial sector, security is very important to us, and the ability to do micro-segmentation was critical to our selection of VMware NSX,” says Jackson. “We explored doing this at the hardware level, but quickly realized it was not feasible. The proven success of the NSX platform, and the integration of other industry leaders such as Arista Networks and Palo Alto Networks, helped solidify our decision.”

— Trever Jackson, Enterprise Infrastructure Architect, Synergent

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

KBC

 

A Trusted Advisor from VMware Professional Services Supports KBC

KBC needed a single point of contact to help support the careful planning of their virtualization program and to help maintain their mission-critical production systems. The Bank considers it important that there is a resource supporting the technology they purchase. They require access to Product Management and other VMware resources with someone on hand to guide them and make sure they have a voice within VMware. To meet these needs, they invested in the Technical Account Manager (TAM) Service.

“As a finance company, we want to know what we’re running in our data centers. Our VMware specialist goes deep into the VMware technologies, and we don’t want to make any compromises. When we are stuck in our design, when we have issues in test or production, when we want information on new tools or have new ideas, our TAM is our advocate, our helper and our solution provider.”

— Walter Adriaens, IT manager, KBC

Fujitsu TDS GmbH

 

Market advantage through virtualization

As a complete IT service provider and SAP system consultant, Fujitsu TDS GmbH, a subsidiary of the Fujitsu Group, offers medium-sized and large companies a wide variety of data centre services. In addition to IT outsourcing and application management, the focus of their services is on SAP. This includes certified SAP consulting and SAP hosting as well as SAP-based industry solutions and templates, and in-memory computing with SAP HANA. The portfolio also includes private cloud services, which Fujitsu provides from their own highly secure data centres in Germany. Well-known customers in the automotive, retail and processing industries, as well as banks and insurance companies, rely on its independent, competent support. Fujitsu manages the specific quality and security requirements of a variety of industries thanks to continuous further development. Its great capacity for implementation and its optimum results are based on the high qualifications of its IT consultants. To provide our customers with an optimum SAP infrastructure, it's essential that, in terms of technology, we always stay a step ahead of the competition. For this reason Fujitsu counted on virtualisation of SAP Sybase ASE with VMware vSphere.

"To provide our customers with an optimum SAP infrastructure, it's essential that, in terms of technology, we always stay a step ahead of the competition. With SAP virtualisation with VMware, that's exactly what we've done."

— Manuel Thalhofer, Portfolio Manager Business Development for SAP Services at Fujitsu TDS GmbH

California Natural Resources Agency

 

California Natural Resources Agency Gains Agility Across Multiple Agencies Through a Software-Defined Data Center Strategy

A Briefings Direct podcast on how a large state agency is harnessing virtualization to do more with less and remain agile and efficient.

“We consider VMware a strategic partner. We basically only want to work with business partners. We don’t want to work with vendors, because we don’t need someone to sell us something and walk away. VMware has been hand-in-hand with us for this whole journey.”

“From looking at VMware, virtualization is the standard. If you don’t take it on, then you really won’t be able to respond to business needs. When the official IT organization becomes obsolete, there are going to be ad-hoc IT organizations and those would become the norm. If you want to be relevant, you have to use every tool set that you can to provide the business needs.”

— Michael Hom, Data Center Chief in the IT InfrastructureServices Branch for the California Department of Water Resources

VIF International Education & VMware

 

User traffic on VIF International Education's Learning Center, an online professional development platform for K–12 educators, grew by more than 500 percent in one year, but its on-premises IT infrastructure couldn’t keep up. This mission-critical service was running on a single server blade without power or network redundancy, leading to unacceptably high downtime. By moving to the VMware vCloud® Air™ platform, VIF gained vastly higher availability and near-unlimited scalability, improved resource utilization by 300 percent, and reduced its IT systems management workload.

VIF International Education builds global education programs that prepare teachers and students for success in an interconnected world. Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the firm supports teachers, schools, and school districts with programs for professional development and curriculum, language acquisition, and cultural exchange. VIF is proud to be a B Corp, certified to meet specific standards for social and environmental performance. VIF is dedicated to developing globally competent citizens with the skills to thrive in an increasingly global marketplace.

“VMware vCloud Air represents for us the opportunity to deliver on our mission to deliver global education for all.”

— David Young, CEO, VIF International Education

Siemens Wind Power

 

Enabling remote access to 3D applications for Siemens Wind Power

Siemens Wind Power is a wind turbine manufacturer which is market leader in renewable designs through their use of complex 3D design applications. Its operation in Denmark and has a global workforce which works from a number of disparate locations, who needed access to multiple workstations at the same time. This is essential for Siemens as their employees only have access to one device as part of company policies, so they opted to use VMware Horizon 6 (with View) to provide employees with remote access to key design applications Siemens NV and Siemens Teamcenter from any location, while also keeping the data secured in Denmark.

“We started with only 30 users, and today we are 600, so it’s just grown and grown. People are actually coming to us and asking if they can also get the possibility to get access to a huge workstation from outside or even internally, to give them more possibilities that nhey didn’t have from whatever locations they were working from previously.”

— Søren Reinertsen, Team lead – Virtual Client & Application

Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support

 

Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support increases GP productivity and enhances patient care with VMware® Horizon™ 6

Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support (YHCS) is a key driver of innovation across GP surgeries and health centres throughout the region. YHCS wanted to provide greater flexibility for GPs and clinicians to enhance both patient and GP experience. The YHCS IT team chose VMware Horizon 6 to deliver Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the ability for GPs to access clinical applications from any location. The solution has transformed patient experience and GPs’ work/life balance whilst reducing the cost of desktop PCs.

“VMware Horizon 6 has been transformative on many levels. Enabling our GPs to access applications from any internet connected device means they can treat patients from the comfort of their own home, with the same speed and efficiency as if they were in the surgery.”

— Melanie Daly, Enterprise Architecture and Innovation, Yorkshire & Humber

Kingston University

 

Kingston University to transform student learning experience with mobile working and BYOD using VMware® Horizon™ 6 and Atlantis

As part of a campaign to position itself as the university of choice for today’s increasingly tech-savvy market, Kingston University is now using VMware Horizon 6 to transform the way IT services are delivered to its students and staff members. By allowing access to course materials and graphic intensive applications remotely and from any device, Kingston University has allowed its staff and students to work and study in the way which best suits them.

Additionally, the university has been able to manage its 7,000 physical desktops from a central management console, drastically cutting the time it takes to provide software updates including major operating system upgrades (Windows XP to Windows 7), bug fixes, repairs and full system recovery. The IT team is also able to start-up and recover individual desktops in less than a quarter of the time previously taken, enabling Kingston to devote IT resources towards innovative new projects. This VDI environment is supported by Atlantis’ virtualized storage solution, ILIO to ensure optimum performance of the virtual PCs.

“Technology is absolutely essential for both attracting students and ensuring they have the best academic experience. We strongly believe that universities have to constantly evolve their entire technology offering - from infrastructure and networking, to the applications they make available and how they are accessed - if they are going to remain competitive and meet the expectations of new and prospective students. VMware Horizon 6 allows us to give students the freedom to work from any location – whether that is on campus or at home – while still being able to access their university desktop, complete with all the applications they need for their course. With VMware Horizon, I believe Kingston University offers one of the country’s most complete and compelling access to learning environments in the UK.”

— Simon Harrison, CIO, Kingston University

Bloomington Public Schools

 

Schools Put IT Savings Back into Kids and Classrooms with VMware NSX

To improve security, efficiencies, scalability and lower costs, IlliniCloud (Bloomington School District) turned to a VMware-powered Software-Defined Data Center underpinned by VMware NSX – the network virtualization and security platform.

“We estimate that each educational institution that joins our cloud can potentially cut its annual IT spending by 30 to 50 percent, freeing up money for other important educational needs while getting tighter security and data protection.”

— Jason Radford, Head of Cloud Operations, IlliniCloud/Bloomington School District

Fastweb

 

Fastweb taps into new market opportunities, achieving 100% ROI within the first year while reducing the Total Cost of Ownership of Virtual Desktops with VMware Horizon Air

With revenues in excess of €1.5m and nearly two million customers, Fastweb is the largest alternative operator of fixed-line telecommunications and ICT solutions in Italy. Fastweb delivers business value added services such as cloud computing, security and converging communications to residential and business customers.

“Previously, when a customer asked for virtual desktops, we would need to set up their own physical infrastructure and configure the necessary software, which was very costly and time intensive; so much so that many SMBs could not see the financial advantage of virtual desktops. However by delivering through VMware Horizon Air we can provide desktops ‘on-demand’ with businesses only paying for what they need and when they need it. Multi-tenancy is a must for successful cloud delivery and partnering with VMware therefore became essential to achieving this.”

— Matteo Frare Barutti, ICT Solutions Architect, Fastweb

Columbia Sportswear

 

Columbia Sportswear Gets Extreme on Software-Defined Data Center Strategy

A Briefings Direct podcast on how a major sportswear company has leveraged virtualization and hybrid cloud to reap substantial business benefits.

“With our business changing and growing as quickly as it is, and with us doing business and selling directly to consumers in over a hundred countries around the world, our data centers have to be adaptable. Our data and our applications have to be secure and available, no matter where we are in the world, whether you're on network or off-premises. The SDDC has been a game-changer for us. It’s allowed to take those technologies, host them where we need them, and with whatever cost configuration makes sense, whether it’s in the cloud or on-premises, and deliver the solutions that our business needs”

— Tim Melvin, Director of Global Technology Infrastructure, Columbia Sportswear

DIRECTV

 

DIRECTV leverages Socialcast to boost productivity and accelerate innovation

The DIRECTV Latin America leadership team wanted a way to break down geographical communication barriers and facilitate information sharing across the region. Socialcast made it easier to share best practices, find answers fast, and align executives and employees.

“I find Socialcast to be a highly effective communication tool for a global workforce.”

— Jacopo Bracco, President DIRECTV PanAmericana

Perforce Software

 

Perforce Software experiences flexibility, cost savings, and faster time to market with vCloud Air

Perforce software is used to manage teams of developers and their software and hardware products across all industries. Ed Horst and David Ackerman describe the deployment and use of vCloud Air and how that benefits their global customers.

“One of the unique things about vCloud Air is their willingness to setup SLAs or guaranteed ability of that system for the ones that are running in the vCloud Air environment. That’s critical to us. It’s hugely critical to our customers. Many of them will walk away from cloud options around that issue alone.”

— Ed Horst, Vice President of Business Development, Perforce

Perforce Software

 

Perforce Software enables global teams to speed development and lower cost with vCloud Air

The most innovative companies rely on Perforce to connect their teams, protect their intellectual property and support their development. Watch Perforce President and Founder Chris Seiwald discuss how vCloud Air has impacted this business. Their products are now a SaaS solution, giving their global customer base access to their intellectual property faster and more cost effectively.

“What we find is that the world is moving towards the cloud. Everybody knows that.”

“vCloud Air is unique in that it offers a virtual datacenter that can split across being on-premises and also in the cloud. And for us that is a critical factor because the way we manage our data requires some of it to be local and some of it to be centrally managed.”

— Chris Seiwald, President and Founder, Perforce Software

ACI Specialty Benefits

 

Virtualization with Intelligent Operations Enables 55% Increase in Performance for ACI Specialty Benefits

Facing hyper-growth, ACI Specialty Benefits needed to ensure the company’s infrastructure was poised to proactively support the business. ACI moved to a virtualized data center and deployed vSphere with Operations Management in order to effectively load test, ensure adequate resources to handle demand, and onboard new customers more quickly and effectively. The company can now run applications at high service levels and maximize hardware savings through 40% higher capacity utilization and 50% higher consolidation ratios.

With the added visibility throughout its IT infrastructure, ACI has seen a 25% decrease in time spent on diagnostics and problem resolution. As a result of the operational efficiencies, the IT team is freed up to take on additional strategic initiatives.

“The first time looking at that single pane of glass was very surprising for us to see all of our different VMware infrastructure – at the data center, at headquarters, everywhere. Being able to see where we stood was a game changer.”

— Ryan Fay, Chief Information Officer, ACI Specialty Benefits

Adarsh Credit Co-Operative Society Ltd.

 

Tackling rural poverty by encouraging the habit of saving with VMware vSphere

Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society launched in 1999 and has 800 branches across India. The company holds deposits totaling 3,685.41 crore in Indian Rupees (INR) and has made loans to the value of 3,816.99 crore INR, as of March, 2014. Headquartered in Rajasthan – India’s largest state, with its complete IT operations based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, the majority of its customers live in rural areas. VMware vSphere Enterprise and VMware vSphere for Operations Management enables Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society to continue its mission of helping improve the social and financial status of members through savings.

“Before we moved to VMware, server utilization was typically 20 to 25 percent. Today we are maximizing our utilization rates, enabling us to scale our services without adding any more servers. Take away VMware, and we would have had to buy at least five physical boxes, therefore adding to our cost base.”

— Mr Himanshu Shah, Chief Technology Officer, Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society Ltd
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