La Cite is the largest French community college in Ontario with 5,000 students enrolled in over 90 programs. A variety of these programs require 3D graphics and computer labs, such as Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, and Interior Design. The college decided to virtualize desktops because the current workstations were aging. The price to replace those workstations was roughly the same as going to virtualization. La Cite chose Dell, NVIDIA, and VMware to deliver virtual desktops to these labs which resulted in reduced login times and more flexibility for both students and faculty.
“Virtualization helps me greatly when I’m preparing my classwork at home. I can quickly access the virtualization and see what the application looks like and prep my work around the same image that the students are using.”
Lakeridge Health Network
Lakeridge Health is one of the largest community hospitals in Ontario, Canada, serving more than 600,000 residents of Durham Region. Consisting of three acute hospitals, one specialty hospital, and several off-site facilities, Lakeridge Health manages more than 540 inpatient beds and employs more than 4,000 staff and physicians. Lakeridge Health is coming out of a multi-year capital freeze affecting IT. By deploying VMware Horizon™ (with View), Lakeridge Health now offers physicians bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and new remote access capabilities. Lakeridge Health also implemented VMware vSphere® to bring its data center and Meditech clinical system hardware up to date. Benefits include improved patient privacy and hospital safety; improved physician satisfaction and remote access to systems; better data center performance; and hundreds of thousands of dollars of savings in hardware costs.
“When we evaluated the systems side-by-side on value—in terms of price for functionality—there was no question that VMware was the best choice. We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars of difference.”
Here, Sören Sandell, CIO at Vasakronan and Marcus Lindstedt, CEO of Excanto talk about Vasakronan’s journey of moving from a traditional office environment to an activity based offices and how Excanto helped in delivering their vision. In their new environment the individual is in the center, and through smart IT solutions that build on VMware vSphere and VMware View provides its employees the freedom to work whenever they want, wherever they want and on whichever device they choose, in a simple, accessible and secure IT environment.
Ashdod port is virtualized using VMware solutions
"VMware virtualization solution has brought a million and a half dollars cost savings in the past four years, when 50% cane from savings in software licenses and 50% from electricity, conditioning and hardware such as servers and switches"
The Oberoi Group
The luxury hotel and tourism operator needed to improve returns on its technology assets. Implementing VMware Horizon View with VMware vSphere has reduced operating costs and enabled centralized control and maintenance of desktops and servers, while enabling employees to continue providing high-quality services to guests and corporate clients
"VMware Horizon View and VMware vSphere have improved our TCO by significantly extending the life span of client terminals in our hotels, and mimimizing the carbon footprint of our datacenter and end-user computing environment"
China Merchants Securities (HK) Co., Ltd.
China Merchants Securities (HK) implemented a virtual desktop infrastructure to cut costs, improve data security and reduce its IT management load. Administration employees can now access their desktops from any location, while the IT team can now provision new desktops in 15 minutes, recover lost data within 30 minutes of a crash, and manage all user environments from a central location
Indonesian subsidiary of Chinese state-owned oil producer turns to a VMware virtual desktop infrastructure to improve business agility, efficiency and manageability. This project has halved the number of desktop support tickets, enabled the IT team to reduce the number of two-three day visits to remote locations to fix desktop problems, reduced the productivity impact of electricity blackouts, and ensured resource-hungry applications operate quickly
"We are working to give all our users more freedom as to how and where they access their desktop applications and information."
Colt Technology Services
Colt Technology Services are a leading technology and services company delivering integrated network, data centre, voice and IT services. In this detailed implementation case learn how they have transformed their physical desktop of a 5,000-user environment across 62 sites in 17 countries. Since the project launch, Colt has completed the journey from project initiation, assessment, architecture and design, proof of concept, pilot, and implementation to full production rollout. This has resulted in significant financial savings and enabled their IT organization to centrally manage and support a productive virtual desktop environment in an effective and efficient manner.
“The Roadmap for development of View, the alignment of VMware as a strategic partner to Colt, and the willingness to provide resources to help adopt the technology told us that going with VMware was definitely the right decision.”
Craig Barlow, working in Medi-IT represents hospitals in Central Finland. They have been using VMware products for its reliability, flexibility and ease of use. He shares his personal experience with VMware & ESX dating back to version 2. He discusses about ESX environment running 5.1 and their View 5.2 environment. Their roadmap for the next year and the year after is to move as much of the healthcare servers into the virtualized environment.
French Fire Department
French Fire Department has been using VMware for past 7 years because of its flexibility and ease of use. Franck Sauve shares his experience working with VMware products to support for their mission critical operations. He explains how Horizon View has helped fire helpline operators to keep their systems working all the time, while, vCenter Operations manager has helped him to plan and provide directions on the budget spent and has simplified IT operations with hardware.
City University of Hong Kong
To deliver instant access to learning applications within any laboratory across its six academic departments, the City University of Hong Kong College of Business migrated its desktops to VMware Horizon View and deployed thin clients within its new laboratories.As a result, the University was able to deliver flexible learning spaces for all academic disciplines, decrease IT maintenance of desktops, develop new focus on service delivery to support academic performance and reduce total cost of ownership of their desktop infrastructure.
"Our academic staff realised that the thin clients with the virtual desktops in the new laboratories switch on and operate instantly which means they can focus on teaching and learning and not on the technology."
TELUS Communications Company
Keeping customers satisfied is critical to business success. With business lines and subscribers growing, TELUS wanted to expand its customer support services using offshore workers while maintaining its reputation for delivering excellent customer experiences. Facing cost and security concerns, IT looked to a high-performance and flexible virtual desktop solution to support workloads moving offshore. IT looked to VMware. Today, VMware desktop virtualization securely and reliably delivers the same customer support applications used by its Canadian call center employees to offshore call center partners worldwide. A staff of just five IT workers supports the VMware® Horizon View™ deployment, which has more than doubled in four years to nearly 3,000 concurrent users and 5,000 unique desktops.
“I would recommend VMware Horizon View for a virtual desktop service. We’ve looked at a lot of different virtual desktop services over the years and I believe that the architecture of the Horizon View service provides the most flexibility in delivering services to customers.”
Alain Delaby, IT manager at IBA talks about his 10 years journey of using VMware virtualization and how it has helped him to have a good continuity of service with their main business applications.
“We are always looking what new features we can bring to our business to make it more reliable and easier to manage and that are the main interests. At this point, VMware is still meeting our expectations so we are continuing to work on that.”
The job of a 20-person IT team supporting 1,000 government employees gets more difficult when the County begins considering a major software upgrade. That’s what IT staff experienced in Hamilton County, located just north of Indianapolis. When Hamilton County had to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010, IT staff knew many of its PCs weren’t powerful enough to run them, so they looked to VMware and Unidesk solutions for help. In combination, VMware® Horizon View™, Unidesk, Dell storage and servers, and zero clients are enabling Hamilton County to achieve all of its desktop virtualization goals—from improved IT staff efficiency and enhanced workforce mobility to greater security and resiliency from desktop failure and disaster. The solution has increased IT agility by reducing provisioning times from hours to minutes, and improved anytime, anywhere employee access to data, applications, and desktops for all county employees.
“Desktop virtualization would allow us to reuse these PCs and extend their life. Plus, our public offices could introduce initiatives or application requirements at any time. Virtual desktops would give us a faster, easier way to respond to these requests while maintaining the high standards of security and service we are known for in our county.”
Mecklenburg County chose Horizon View, over Citrix and Microsoft, to securely mobilize and empower nearly 6,000 county employees. This video takes a deeper look into Mecklenburg County's field workers, including Parks and Recreation and Youth and Family Services, who leverage mobile devices to access their virtual desktops while traveling throughout the county. Now they can securely access and input information on the go, to better protect and serve the community.
"Social workers have told us that getting immediate access to their applications and replacing their bulky paper case files with a small tablet has improved their safety. Without all of that paperwork, their risk of being targeting is lower. They enjoy coming to work more now. They say their travel time has been greatly reduced while their productivity and safety has been significantly increased."
Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
UTeM needed to improve the availability of its critical business applications and deliver them cost-effectively; make infrastructure resources available for research projects faster and more efficiently and provide students with mobile access to desktops so they could learn anytime from any location. By deploying end-to-end VMware virtualization, the university has cut its datacenter infrastructure costs by 45 percent, and is implementing student mobility programs and a private cloud
"By providing a reliable, environmentally friendly, agile infrastructure at a reasonable cost, VMware has put itself at the heart of our current and future planning."
Cloud on Demand
When cloud vendor and Hybrid Cloud enablement partner, Cloud on Demand, looked for a solution that would pave the way for its business and provide the basis for the cloud and hybrid cloud services it sought to provide customers, the company elected to invest in the VMware SDDC (software-defined data centre) as its technology of choice.
“A huge benefit for us is that we have an immediate addressable market. Using the VMware technologies we have been instantly accepted in the market, without having to now educate and court them. This also extends to the training of our reseller base, who are already comfortable with the VMware technologies,”
North Carolina State University
Everywhere you look on today’s university campuses, you see devices—from laptops to smartphones to tablets. NC State University is no exception. It set the model for how to successfully embrace leading-edge technology and the bring your own device (BYOD) trend with the opening of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library in April 2013. In support of NC State University’s blended learning vision, VMware® Horizon View™ enables anytime, anywhere, any-device access to applications and data, including demanding 3D graphics applications. Desktop services are available anywhere they are needed—on or off the campus—fully supporting a distributed computing environment and student, faculty, and staff device preferences.
“The Hunt Library is the visible lighthouse that says this is a technology leader and it’s everything from the high resolution rooms where you can do innovation to the virtualized desktops that allow students, faculty, and staff to use their services anywhere, anytime they need them.”
North Carolina State University
There is no substitute for experience when it comes to operating powerful machines. As part of Naval ROTC training at NC State University, midshipmen learn how to drive any vessel in the U.S. Navy fleet. NC State University Libraries deployed VMware® Horizon View™ to securely deliver a virtual environment with the 3D graphics required for ROTC training. Authorized users can securely access the entire simulated training environment in software from a multipurpose creativity studio. Yet 3D virtualization isn’t just for training, NC State University students, faculty, and staff in other disciplines can also use virtual desktops to access critical 3D design software such as SolidWorks and AutoCAD.
“Naval ROTC is using Hunt Library resources for a simulation program that gives us the flexibility to build different scenarios, different classes of ships, train the students, and then tear that training down in an instant and move the resources over to something else. That flexibility is exactly what universities need in the future.”
Somerset School District
K-12 education has changed dramatically in recent years. According to Sara Eichten, principal at Somerset Middle School in Wisconsin, “The Common Core State Standards have drastically changed what we need to be doing with our students in both English language arts and mathematics, as well as focusing on disciplinary literacy in science, social studies, and other related arts classes.” So in May 2013 when Somerset School District was selected to participate in a pilot program to test the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) platform to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, it looked to VMware for help. VMware® Horizon View™ helped ease the deployment of the rigorous testing platform and deliver a seamless user experience to students.
"With VMware Horizon View, we didn’t experience any technical issues when we did the [Smarter Balanced] pilot. People were concerned about audio sound quality, videos, mouse movements—those things that are critical in high-stakes testing—but we saw no performance issues whatsoever in our environment. The virtual environment performed the way we expected it to, and we’re very happy with the results.”