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Royal Academy of Music

 

The Royal Academy of Music (RAM) needed to reduce its IT spending and the management burden of its physical IT estate, while providing more flexible ways of working for students and staff and freeing up more space for music practice and tutoring. The Royal Academy of Music selected VMware Horizon View and VMware vSphere to virtualize its servers and desktop PCs.

“Space is of a premium at the Royal Academy of Music, so we were under huge pressure to reduce the amount of space we were using for IT. Using VMware’s Horizon View was the obvious solution. The technology has had an instant impact and by virtualizing our desktop PCs, we have been able to free up two music rooms – 212 hours a week of practice and tuition time for our musicians - while allowing flexible working for staff and students and reducing our IT hardware bill by over £50k. The combination of a server and desktop virtualization project has also freed up a tremendous amount of time to focus on more strategic IT projects rather than hardware and software maintenance and troubleshooting.”

— Duncan Malthouse-Hobbs, Head of Technology, Royal Academy of Music

ABN AMRO N.V. Singapore

 

ABN AMRO's CTO, Dirk Sibiet, and the CCO of Private Banking, Hans-Peter Borgh, discuss how virtualising the end-user environment boosts security & compliance, significantly reduces costs, and opens up new opportunities for Relationship Managers to visit ABN AMRO Private Bank customers anywhere, anytime.

"Because at ABN AMRO Private Banking we have a lot of relationship managers who are private bankers and who meet their clients outside the offices. We will now be using virtual desktops to make our client conversations so much more relevant, by allowing our bankers, when they are on the road, to access the information they need and the tools they need to help our clients understand their [own] financial situation and financial opportunities better."

— Hand-Peter Borgh, Chief Commercial Officer, Private Banking

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC)

 

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) was one of the few companies in the region to deploy the comprehensive stack of Oracle E-business solutions with mission critical applications such as CRM, Business Intelligence and Oracle databases. This complex solution required stacks of hardware from several vendors, a lot of space, and expensive licenses. Today, with a custom designed VMware virtualization solution, ADPC has consolidated its IT infrastructure resulting in increased performance, savings on hardware maintenance and running costs, and enhanced scalability for further expansion.

“VMware’s dedication, support and expertise enabled Abu Dhabi Ports Company to execute one of the biggest virtualization projects in the region, Oracle E-business suite. The project resulted in a savings of US $ 1.2 million on hardware, power and licensing. We are now 100 percent virtualized and are able to serve our customers in minutes rather than weeks.”

— Dr Saif Al Ketbi, Vice President of IT, Abu Dhabi Ports Company

Aledo Independent School District (ISD)

 

For years, the IT team at Aledo Independent School District (ISD) managed thousands of standalone desktops across multiple campuses, laboriously updating software on a machine-by-machine basis. By virtualizing approximately 75 percent of its machines on the VMware Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), the district has vastly simplified IT management and streamlined online test administration while enhancing the end user’s experience.

"I would go into a computer lab, install software on 30 machines, connect to the server 30 times, and so on,” she says. “Then every summer, we’d send out a whole crew of IT folks to go computer by computer, cleaning up machines and doing general maintenance. It was incredibly time-consuming."

— Gayla Gideon, IT Director

Ashdod Port

 

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"

— Tal Marder, management supervisor of the virtual environment and the organizational storage array in Ashdod Port

Associated Surgeons and Physicians

 

Mid-market health services provider Associated Surgeons and Physicians has rapidly adopted server and client virtualization and gained significant new benefits, including better mobile and bring your own device (BYOD) support as well as improved disaster recovery (DR).

"Upgrading to a virtual infrastructure has helped us considerably in maintaining and increasing meaningful use expectations, with the ability to be virtual and have the redundancy that gives, along with the fact that VMs seem to run a lot more efficiently virtually. We have better ways to collect data, a lot more uptime, and a lot more efficiency, so we can collect more data from our customers."

— Ray Todich, Systems Administrator at Associated Surgeons and Physicians, LLC.

Audionova

 

Virtual IT Platform foundation for faster growth at Audionova

VMware vSOM enables Audionova to make optimum use of its virtual platform and quickly adapt to new requirements. The company also uses VMware Horizon Mirage to roll out upgrades and new software to its 1,300 shops across Europe. Audionova now has a full understanding of its virtual environment and can therefore respond quickly to new developments. In addition to providing extra effciency, this approach also yields significant savings on hardware and management costs. Despite this central IT approach, the company is able to roll out software and updates for all of its shops in Europe in one go. This means that everyone within the organization is working with the latest version and that customers can rest assured the hearing tests are reliable and that their hearing aids are always optimally configured.

Baltimore City Public Schools

 

Baltimore City Public Schools, with 85,000 students, leverages VMware Horizon to deliver their Common Core PARCC online testing as well as in their efforts to promote Digital Equality for all of their students.

“I was very pleased as we did our first pilot of VDI for PARCC testing. The state took notice of Baltimore City, and it was a complete success.”

“Digital equality is a key strategy for Baltimore City Public Schools.”

— Dr. Kenneth Thompson, Chief Information Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

 

In what is believed to be the world’s largest documented VDI deployments, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi-UFJ, in partnership with Wyse and IBM, has deployed over 50,000 virtual desktops as it continues a multi-year, multi-million dollar IT transformation project. A combination of View and ThinApp is supporting the Bank’s drive to lower CAPEX and OPEX while increasing security, availability and the delivery of business-critical services.

“Desktops are in many ways the lifeblood of the company’s daily work, so it makes sense to keep them on a central server where we can make sure nothing goes wrong. Being able to give users an optimum working environment, and helping them benefit from new advances in technology, is something that we as IT professionals find very motivating”

— Jun Nishi, Senior Manager, Global Communication

Benefis Health System

 

Benefis Health System enables bedside medication verification and charting with VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care. Through tap and go roaming of the desktop, providers can access patient information within seconds. The result: Clinical staff now view IT as something that can help, not hinder them in their work.

"If we were to remove the system right now, I don't know how people would react. I think they would melt down, because they've become so accustomed to being able to provide that care at the bedside. Being able to spend time with the patient and chart, and then go on to the next patient without having to run back to the nurse’s station for charting.

— Dustin Ostberg, Systems Administrator, Benefis Health System

BLDD Architects

 

BLDD Architects Enables Real-Time Collaboration in Secure Environment with Integrated Solutions from VMware and Bitdefender

— Dan Reynolds, Senior Systems Administrator

Buffalo Public Schools

 

Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) is leveraging VMware technology to enable broad access to computing for their students. The “BPS Desktop” initiative not only enables access to coursework for students from their homes, but Buffalo Public Schools also worked with community centers and libraries to enable access for those students who didn’t have a computer at home as well.

"Looking to the future we see much more in the way of students being able to access their curriculum materials anytime, anywhere they are, contributing to their learning."

— Bill Russo, Director of Instructional Technology, Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo Public Schools

 

Buffalo Public Schools Delivers Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device Access to Coursework with a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) was challenged by aging personal computers, out-of-date software, insufficient device access, and an inconsistent user experience across its campuses and classrooms. Many existing computers were slow to boot, required constant maintenance, and were difficult to upgrade. With a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) based on VMware Horizon®, BPS students and teachers now enjoy powerful, personalized workspaces and the latest software tools, consistently available at any time, in any location, on any device.

“With the BPS desktop, our students can now continue working on their projects at home, at their own pace, or in groups with their friends. It’s available to them 24 hours a day.”

—Carmen Robles, Instructional Technology Coach, Buffalo Public Schools

"Our plan is to have BPS desktop installed in every computer lab and on every desktop in all of our campuses and administrative offices.”

— Bill Russo, Director of Instructional Technology, Buffalo Public Schools

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

Centre Hospitalier Chretien (CHC)

 

CHC Liege deploys Mirage on a large scale to manage all computers

CHC is a non-profit organization which consists of 6 hospitals, has 600 doctors and more than 3500 employees. In this video CHC explains how they used VMware Mirage to migrate their IT environment without data loss or downtime.

“The time to deploy a new desktop has been divided by 4. Mirage also helps us to centralize the management process in one place.”

— Thomas Wernher, ICT Assets & Configuration Manager, CHC Liege

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

City Clinic Bulgaria

 

VMware Horizon View at City Clinic Bulgaria

A solution designed to provide an agile and adaptive approach to hospital infrastructure and at the same time to respond to future expansions and upgrades. In addition of choosing vSphere for the virtualization of all services and machines on server level the solution uses Horizon View in order to ensure the VDI features. The combination empowers the hospital to achieve agility through an off-premise cloud-based virtual infrastructure.

“In contemporary medicine technology is very important for providing high quality medical services. VMware solutions help us provide a better medical service to our patients. VMware View allows us to have a constant and mobile access to medical information regardless our current location and via any device.”

— Ilian Grigorov, Managing Director, City Clinic

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."

— Adams Chan, Systems Manager, College of Business

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,”

— Jonathan Kropf, CEO at Cloud on Demand

CNOOC Ltd

 

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."

— Widiono Wiratmoko, Senior Head, ICT Program Management
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