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.”
To improve operational efficiencies, Hertz International had a choice of either refreshing its existing infrastructure across its European locations at considerable expense, or implementing newer technologies. In addition to centralising the server estate, Hertz International wanted to simplify its complex desktop infrastructure, which constituted a considerable capital investment. Having over 4,000 PCs and laptops spread over 1,000 sites around Europe, upkeep and maintenance of these were real issue in terms of time, resource and cost. Following a review of the major offerings on the market, Hertz International decided to implement VMware View as it best suited the organisation’s needs and would easily integrate with its existing server virtualization infrastructure. It also made a decision to replace legacy desktop devices with zero client Wyse terminals.
“By virtualizing our server and desktop estate with VMware, we’ve cut costs, dramatically simplified our IT infrastructure and transformed how we support over 1000 desktops in our service centre in Dublin. We’re able to create and deliver even more innovative technology services to our users, while enhancing the experience we provide to our customers. The platform VMware has enabled us to build has given us extremely strong foundations to realise even greater benefits, as we add more and more services and extend the research of the programme internationally.”
Hong Kong Housing Society
The Housing Society has offices throughout the city-state, and when swine flu reached Hong Kong in 2009, the organization realized it needed an alternative location to ensure some employees could still access vital tenancy information and critical services should there be an infectious disease epidemic or natural disaster. The organization virtualized its data center five years ago on VMware vSphere to consolidate its sprawling physical infrastructure and has achieved 94 percent virtualization. All mission critical applications are now virtualized, including its iHousing system for tenancy management, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Oracle JD Edwards financial application. The organization worked with VMware to design and implement a virtual desktop infrastructure solution delivered by VMware Horizon View.
"A virtual desktop solution delivers greater flexibility to our employees because the data follows them rather than tying them to a single location. We had a strong relationship with VMware and existing expertise in the vSphere server virtualization software, and so it made good business sense to virtualize our desktops with VMware."
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.”
ITSAM in Sweden is an public sector organisation formed to provide IT support and services to educational establishments across 6 different municipalities. One of the main challenges they faced was having the ability to operate in such a large region. If a computer went down, they would send an engineer out to fix it, this proved to be very inefficient and costly. With unique desktops you get unique problems, so ITSAM implemented VMware View so that they could easily replicate desktops to hundreds of students. This has enabled their end users to access their desktops from any location at anytime. It has also enabled teachers to easily provide additional applications to support students that need extra tuition enabling the students to work on these from home. ITSAM have recently started a proof of concept with Horizon, to enable them to manage their applications more efficiently.
“The benefit to the end users is that they can access their own desktop from any client around the world, it does n’t matter where they are. Also the school can make sure they provide the correct applications to the right students at all times.”
Jinan Municipal Public Security Bureau
Over the next few years, cloud computing will be crucial in attempts by Chinese local government to improve efficiency by leveraging mobile working. To deliver a simple, easy-to-use desktop experience for BYOD users in its workforce, the Jinan Municipal Public Security Bureau (JMPSB – the body responsible for local police forces throughout the Jinan metropolitan area), embarked on an ambitious desktop visualization project based on a VMware vSphere cloud platform for all 20,000 officers.
"Following the opening of our cloudbased data centre, the launch of our VDI brings the benefits of the cloud to frontline operations. It supports the various operational environments used by the different local forces under the bureau’s control, and is one of the largest and most advanced integrated multi-force cloud platforms in China."
University in India delivers virtual desktop infrastructure to attract the brightest and the best students, and to succeed in a competitive market
Karunya University is a fully residential university located at Siruvani in southern India, close to the city of Coimbatore. It serves around 8,000 students and has a teaching faculty of more than 450, and around 250 members of staff. The university is best known for its engineering, management and science-based study programs and offers undergraduate courses as well as postgraduate and PhD level tuition. The university is meeting students' IT expectations and has successfully reduced desktop infrastructure management by adoption VMware Horizon.
“Karunya University can continue to develop and attract some our country’s brightest students safe in the knowledge that we have a scalable and reliable VDI from VMware, to meet their needs.”
Kent County Council
By moving to a virtualized desktop environment with VMware, Kent County Council is able to rapidly accelerate the migration of its 4,000 devices away from Microsoft XP – saving over £560,000 in the process and causing minimal disruption to staff . Its new virtual desktop environment has also enabled the council to reduce IT management overheads while providing new levels of mobility, flexibility, security and integration across different council departments, which delivers an enhanced service to the Kent community.
“VMware Horizon Suite will save us more than £2 million on hardware over the next three years through zero clients and lower powered machines; plus £160,000 in software rationalisation; and £560,000 in saved technician time for our Windows XP migration, and critically freeing our IT staff for more strategic work – such as management and web services - to enhance the all-round customer experience for the local community.”
KGI Hong Kong
Deployed VMware technology to provide a more flexible, robust infrastructure that delivers the required system availability, scalability and performance.
“With the VMware platform, we can start new projects straight away ... we can now get new products to market 4 to 6 weeks faster.” KGI Asia
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.”
KishHealth System Chose VMware Horizon View for Security & Remote Location Performance
KishHealth System Chose VMware Horizon View for excellent remote location bandwidth, performance, security, management and reliability.
KPIT Cummins is India's leading technology solutions partner for global manufacturing corporations with special focus on Automotive, Energy & Utilities, Industrial Equipments, and Semiconductor industries. In 2012, KPIT Cummins concluded a service-transforming Private Cloud project. Using VCE's vBlock enabled KPIT to deploy a full-service Private Cloud with 100% Virtualisation of all applications. The project was so successful that KPIT expanded their virtualisation project to include end-users, enabling further IT initiatives such as BYOD. In these two videos, KPIT Cummins staff discuss why and how they implemented a Private Cloud solution, and how it is contributing to the success of their business.
"We have 100% production applications running on this private cloud, 100%. All business critical applications, everything is running on the cloud infrastructure."
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.”
La Cité has implemented virtual desktops to deliver engineering and design applications with advanced 3D graphics to its student computer labs. Deployed with VMware, Dell, and NVIDIA technology, the solution provides workstation-level performance on a flexible and cost-effective mix of repurposed legacy desktops and new zero-client machines. It also expands student and faculty access to important applications and greatly reduces system management and administration workloads.
“When I’m preparing my class work at home, I can quickly access a virtual workstation and see exactly the same image the students are using. When I walk into class, I just reconnect and I’m ready to teach.”
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.”
Langs Building Supplies
Langs Building Supplies Empowers Workforce with VMware Horizon, NVIDIA GRID, and the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform
Langs Building Supplies is a leading supplier of timber and hardware products and a fabricator of roof trusses, wall frames, and door and window joinery for the construction industry. Based in Queensland, Australia, Langs is privately owned with a global workforce of nearly 400 employees. To better support its global workforce, Queensland-based Langs Building Supplies recently moved to an integrated virtual IT infrastructure using VMware Horizon, NVIDIA GRID Cards, and Nutanix Converged Infrastructure.
“The whole engagement – from the very first meeting to the proof of concept – was simply fantastic. They bent over backwards to support us. It’s very rare to find a product that actually does what it says it’s going to do. We found that with Nutanix and VMware.”
Laurens County Healthcare System
Laurens County Health Care System wanted to attest to Stage 1 of Meaningful Use by summer 2013 but knew it couldn’t deploy Meditech in a physical data center environment because of cost and reliability concerns.
“Physicians are very excited that they can use their own devices from anywhere to access Meditech and review EMRs [electronic medical records] and patient data without physically having to come into the hospital,”
Macquarie Universitiy's iLab is a new approach to computer laboratories, enabling students to use Windows and Macintosh applications for their university work from anywhere on most kinds of personal computers, tablets and smartphones.
Mansfield District Council
VMware helped the Mansfield District Council to swiftly migrate its PCs and laptops from Windows XP to Windows 7, while at the same time providing a more flexible and secure working environment.
“After assessing the options available VMware Horizon View was the clear choice for us as it addressed all our business concerns, including mobility, cost control and migrating to Windows 7 in one go. It delivers a flexible infrastructure, streamlines operations and is easy to use. Phoenix Software was also a great team to work with and we couldn’t have asked for a more efficient and helpful partner at this time.”
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office uses VMware Horizon to optimize access, productivity and response in their 911 dispatch center, while maintaining high levels of criminal justice information (CJIS) security.
"One of the biggest benefits we’re recognizing from Horizon is flexibility and the ease of management. There is no learning curve so it was really easy to adopt. When it was time to migrate over, it was just a simple matter of standing up the new virtual desktops in the new center without any interruption."