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Queen's University

 

Queen’s University Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences Deploys VMware Virtual SAN Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solution to Speed Student and Faculty Access to Critical Applications

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University implemented VMware Horizon® desktop virtualization to enable access to critical applications. However, as the user base grew and applications became more resource-intensive, the existing storage solution couldn’t handle the increasing demand. Because of slowness accessing applications, students often sacrificed lab time. By replacing the overburdened storage infrastructure with the VMware Virtual SAN™ hyper-converged infrastructure solution, the university solved performance and capacity issues, while scaling storage cost-effectively.

“I was blown away with the implementation of VMware Virtual SAN and VDI. No single thing that we had done in the past had caused that extent of change from a user point of view.”

— Stephen Hunt, Director of Information Technology, Queen's University Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Southern States Cooperative

 

Southern States Cooperative Deploys Hundreds of Virtual Desktops with VMware in Less Than a Month

Southern States Cooperative wanted to standardize application delivery and centralize resource access for retail and agronomy locations along with field sales teams. Lacking a standardized method for deploying applications or monitoring point-of-sale activity in real-time, Southern States sought a virtualized platform capable of supporting more than 200 locations along with corporate office staff, without slowdown. Leveraging VMware Horizon® 6 Enterprise Edition, VMware Mirage™ and VMware App Volumes™, Southern States successfully deployed a fully virtualized solution in just one month with minimal resources.

“VMware Horizon has given us the ability to deliver software faster across our retail and sales teams. By being able to standardize our point-of-sale and information systems on a single platform, we're able to guarantee what the end user experience will feel like.”

— Steven Tupponce, Manager of Infrastructure Delivery Services, Southern States Cooperative

Kingston University

 

Delivering an innovative mobile-first working environment for Kingston University

Students and staff at Kingston University explain how, by using VMware technology, the university is able to provide a modern, efficient and highly flexible working environment for it students.

“Students expect the same level of technology they have at home. Horizon allows us to deliver the technology experience our students really need – IT is seen as an enabler in helping students, our main customers, to concentrate solely on their studies."

"I fully believe that Kingston University now offers one of the best IT services of any university within the UK – it’s something we’re immeasurably proud of and our IT service offerings now play a key role in our marketing and retention propositions.”

— Simon Harrison, CIO, Kingston University

Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum (Netherlands Maritime Museum)

 

National Maritime Museum reduces log-in times and energy consumption with VMware

The National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam holds the most important collection of historic maritime documents in the world. Its historic premises are also often rented for large-scale events. The Museum wanted to reduce its employees’ log-in times dramatically. In addition, they needed a solution that could specifically support the live streaming of large video files. Finally, the National Maritime Museum wanted to save energy, in order to comply with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) guidelines. VMware Horizon and UEM were the solution to these problems.

“Two departments depend substantially on multimedia. Now these staff can work easily with heavy applications, wherever they are and whatever device they are using. Everything also runs a lot faster.”

— René Schröder, Chef ICT

Baystate Health

 

VMware Hyper-Converged technology Helps Baystate Health Provide a Higher Level of Care While Cutting IT Expenses

Baystate Health, one of the leading healthcare providers in the nation, must evolve continuously to offer the highest-quality care. To support this mission, Baystate embarked on an update of its entire IT infrastructure in 2014. It turned to VMware technology, specifically vSphere, Virtual SAN, NSX and Horizon to design and build a new virtualized data center, and to deploy 10,000 virtual desktops to allow clinicians and administrative personnel to access the corporate network while on the go.

“Based on the requirements of up-time, integration of all the different siloes and essentially the seamlessness of the architecture, VMware is, as far as we’re concerned, the proper choice – pretty much the most solid approach to hyperconvergence.”

— Mike Feld, Interim CTO, Baystate Health

Clover School District

 

Clover School District Rejuvenates Aging Computer Labs with VMware Horizon and VMware Virtual SAN

Clover School District had all but abandoned its computer labs in favor of personal iPads and MacBook Air laptops for every student. Then the state of South Carolina announced new, mandatory Windows-based standards for online testing. Instead of a massive capital investment in new desktop PCs, the district opted for a virtual desktop environment based on the VMware Horizon® 6 platform, and a new hosting platform powered by VMware Virtual SAN™ hyperconverged storage. The results: Like-new desktop performance, a secure and compliant test environment, lower capital and operating costs, and a more resilient infrastructure.

"I am a huge fan of VSAN. Traditional SANs require a lot of babysitting, we noticed we had TBs of overprovisioned storage. With VSAN we were able to buy just what we need. We cut costs by 75% and don’t need to babysit storage anymore. System resiliency is great – VSAN allows the show to continue without disruption in case of hardware downtime."

— Matt Hoffman, Executive Director of Technology, Clover School District

Women's College Hospital

 

Women's College Hospital Gives Caregivers Fast, Reliable Clinical Information with EpicCare Ambulatory EMR and a VMware Private Cloud and VDI

Women's College Hospital was building a medical center to pioneer new ambulatory treatment practices. It needed an IT environment to make clinical information and systems easily accessible to caregivers. By launching a new EpicCare electronic medical records (EMR) solution on a VMware private cloud and delivering it to users through a VMware Horizon® 6 Standard Edition virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), the hospital cut data delivery times for clinicians and enabled its lean IT team to easily manage the environment.

"If your virtual infrastructure isn't rock solid, you're going to spend cycles trying to fix it. But that's the last thing on my mind with this environment. It is rock solid."

— Brendan Kwolek, IT Director, Women's College Hospital

City Clinic Bulgaria

 

City Clinic taps VDI technology to save lives and cut costs

City Clinic implements an innovative cloud-based mobile telemedicine solution combining state-of-the-art medical instrumentation and proven virtual desktop technology from VMware to expand the reach and lower the cost of medical examination. Applications include disaster response, prevention programs, chronic condition monitoring, distributed first-contact care, home care and many more. City Clinic blazes the trail for both private and public healthcare organizations, gaining the ability to provide high quality care to more people, faster and cheaper – all at the same time – and with existing human resources.

“We were not interested in integrating many single-purpose, often proprietary solutions. Rather, we wanted to see an open platform enabling us to perform a multitude of medical examination procedures as well as tests remotely. That essentially meant having one solution integrating many medical instruments. We also stressed the need to tightly integrate remote examination with centralized, standards-based Electronic Medical Record systems. Without such integration, the solution would not be much of an improvement for our doctors’ productivity.”

— Ilian Grigorov, Chief Executive Officer, City Clinic

Metlac

 

VMware virtualization solutions help innovative businesses to evolve towards production automation and smart working

Whether it’s cans, boxes, tubes or capsules, supermarket shelves are constantly inundating us with colorful packaging and the brands they promote. To create and customize this packaging, industrial lithography techniques and special coatings have been developed for food containers, and the Metlac Group is a leading player in this industry, as well as one of the most important producers of coatings and inks for the internal protection and external decoration of all types of metal packaging.

“We have embraced the philosophy of virtualization and we are applying it at all levels, from server systems to messaging and collaboration applications, from management and production systems to the Mobility and BYOD”.

— Davide Bocchio, IT Manager, Metlac

Dayton Superior Corporation

 

VMware Professional Services Helps Dayton Superior Achieve its Mobility Initiatives and Business Goals

Dayton Superior worked with VMware Professional Services to deploy virtual desktops via VMware Horizon™ 6 Enterprise Edition for greater mobility, productivity, customization, and reliability for its workforce.

“After bringing on VMware Professional Services, we were able to successfully implement the project. where it would have taken us weeks or months with internal resources.”

— Jarod Whitaker, Senior Systems Administrator, Dayton Superior

Baystate Health

 

VMware NSX Gives Baystate Health Security & Agility

Baystate Health found that VMware NSX is the model for healthcare networking, allowing them to be both highly secure and extremely agile in a rapidly changing environment.

“One of the things that NSX allows us to do right off the bat is multi-tenant operations. Without NSX, that becomes much more complex.”

— Mike Feld, Interim CTO, Baystate Health

University of Aberdeen

 

University of Aberdeen improves student study experience with any device, anywhere learning through VMware® Horizon™

The University of Aberdeen opted for VMware Horizon in order to improve the experience for its students and to establish a virtual desktop solution which provides them with the ability to access university applications and perform their studies from remote locations.

“Student satisfaction is very much at the heart of everything we do – and we’re always looking for ways to improve the services we can offer to them. We know that technology is more important to students than it ever has been before, so can play a crucial role in whether or not they enjoy their time here. Thanks to VMware Horizon, our students have technology that suits their needs, with the ability to study from anywhere and via the device of their choosing. We’re already getting great feedback in our internal student surveys and expect this to carry on through to external rankings, which ultimately will help to attract more students to come here – as well as the very best academics.”

“Students use a full range of devices at their disposal – iPads, iPhones, Laptops, Android Tablets. The VMwware solution has enabled them to do their learning at any time, from any place, anywhere. Previously they were limited to studying on campus, but now they have software that gives them access to everything in their own time so they can study anywhere they want to.”

— Ian Rowley, Desktop Manager, IT Services, University of Aberdeen

Kongsberg Kommune

 

The Municipality of Kongsberg experienced that the working platforms for students and employees were inefficient and poorly secured, and that time consuming systems prevented a seamless use of necessary digital tools. By implementing cloud technology from VMware, the IT department experienced an administration that demanded fewer resources, and a less time consuming restoration of machines. Administration of digital projects and exams were also much easier, and the employees got access to desktops, networks and applications on mobile devices outside the office, without the IT department sacrificing security or control.

«We chose VMware View and VMware Horizon because these systems were a good fit for our needs and were built for the future»

— Jø Jøldal, Head of IT, Municipality of Kongsberg

BDP International

 

BDP International Leverages VMware Horizon® to Seamlessly Deliver Desktops and Applications

BDP International leverages VMware Horizon to seamlessly deliver desktops and applications, supporting the company’s vision to deliver the best logistics experience in the world.

“We were excited BDP was finally in a position where now we were on a globalized collaboration platform, but were unable to deliver it in a responsive manner to our users globally.”

“VMware was a neat opportunity to not only try out a technology that I had a lot of confidence in, but also a name change to show that we are progressing and moving away from what was then Citrix.”

— Jason Bullock, Executive Director of IT Global Infrastructure & Support, BDP International

NetApp

 

NetApp delivers secure, seamless virtualized desktops and applications for nearly 10,000 users in 12 days using VMware Horizon

NetApp® wanted to improve its security within the engineering environment with secure virtual desktops to enhance employee productivity and provide access to resources from anywhere. The company needed centralized desktop management to quickly deliver a robust desktop environment to employees and enable employee workflow simplification. Leveraging VMware Horizon®, NetApp successfully deployed virtualized environments globally to nearly 10,000 users in 12 days. Users have secure access to internal resources within a familiar desktop experience across devices and NetApp corporate offices.

“We’ve been able to increase productivity by enabling engineers to start and stop work whenever they need to. Engineers don’t have to be chained to their desks in order to get work done securely. Whether building code on a work laptop or reading internal wikis on a phone, employees can access a secure environment from all devices without a diminished experience.”

— Chris Gebhardt, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, NetApp

Southern States Cooperative

 

Southern States Modernizes Retail Operations to Improve the Customer Experience

Southern States leverages VMware Horizon® 6 to deliver virtualized desktop and applications, supporting their mission of being customer-focused and the best at providing products, services and growing solutions for farms.

“Our users have definitely become more productive. We actually now have a standard with Horizon that we’re deploying to all the endpoints.”

“With the old way, it was taking days, if not weeks to onboard a new employee. We’re now able to onboard employees within one day.”

— Steve Tupponce, Manager, Infrastructure Delivery Services

Airbus France

 

Airbus gives contractors increased access to Aircraft development applications through VMware Horizon with View

Airbus, a world’s leading commercial aircraft manufacturer, has deployed VMware Horizon with View to give its staff and contractors secure remote access to develop, test and support business applications.

“Airbus is leveraging its current virtual desktop solution enabling IT talent to develop, test and support business applications, paving the way to access a team of engineering talent using VMware Horizon with View.”

— Arnaud Albinet, ICT Merger, Acquisition and Outsourcing Project Manager

Hartlepool College of Further Education

 

Hartlepool College saves £32k a year and increases student retention with VMware® Horizon™

Hartlepool College of Further Education was looking to improve the student and staff’s Virtual Desktop experience, in order to increase student retention, grow prospect numbers and offer remote working for the teaching and administrative staff.

To solve this, Hartlepool College deployed VMware Horizon to offer end-users a virtualized desktop solution. This would enable students to access their own applications from any virtual PC in the college, whilst greatly improving user experience and reliability and PC performance.

“You can’t overestimate the importance of technology within our college. For students, the level of IT we offer can make the difference between whether they stay on to graduate, or drop out. With our funding directly tied to student enrolment and course completion, we wanted to invest in an IT system that would impress prospects and enable current students to be more productive and achieve better grades. VMware Horizon did exactly that; while previously we spent all our time putting out fires and attempting to deal with the hundreds of help desk calls we received, we are now able to offer a smooth, reliable service for both students and staff. The IT department has gone from being an area of perennial complaint to one of the college’s most valuable assets. The feedback has been incredible and we have increased student retention rate.”

— Gerald Nicholson, IT Manager, Hartlepool College of Further Education

Dayton Superior Corporation

 

Dayton Superior Sees Concrete Benefits by Switching to a Virtual Desktop Solution with Guidance from VMware Professional Services

Dayton Superior worked with VMware Professional Services—including a VMware Dedicated Technical Account Manager—to deploy virtual desktops via VMware Horizon™ 6 Enterprise Edition for greater mobility, productivity, customization, and reliability for its workforce.

“From design and planning to deployment, VMware Professional Services was extremely responsive and focused on our needs at all times. Plus our VMware Dedicated TAM guided us throughout the project and continues to help us with ongoing planning and implementation.”

— Bobby Keller, Senior Systems Administrator, Dayton Superior

Populous

 

Populous leverages NVIDIA GRID vGPU support for VMware Horizon® 6

Populous, international architecture and design firm, leverages VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID vGPU to enable its mobile workforce with 3D graphics applications.

“When you look at it from an IT manager's standpoint and keeping the lights on, I think it's going to allow us to grow as a company.”

“I think the virtualized desktop is really allowing us in IT to be looked at as thought leaders.”

— Kelby Marsh, IT Manager, Populous
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