VMware Horizon 6 Helps Customers Streamline Their Business
VMware Horizon 6 delivers virtualized or hosted desktops and applications through a single platform to end users. Kroll Ontrack, BDP International, and Southern States Cooperative, discuss why they selected VMware over the competition and the impact of Horizon on their business.
“Before we were using Horizon, things would take a lot longer. We’d have to put a lot more resources in play, where now a few people can do the job of ten people.”
Kroll Ontrack – Extending the Power of Virtualization with VMware
Kroll Ontrack, provider of technology-driven services and software, experienced challenges with their previous virtual desktop solution. After moving to VMware Horizon™ 6 Enterprise Edition, productivity has increased tremendously and “a few people can now do the job of 10 people.” The company is also planning to implement VMware Horizon® Air™ for cloud-hosted desktops and apps, as well as VMware NSX™ for Horizon® bringing speed and simplicity to VDI networking.
“Our partnership with VMware has been tremendous. Before we were using Horizon things would take a lot longer. We’d have to put a lot more resources in play where now, a few people can do the job of ten people.”
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."
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina chose to implement Horizon View and has reaped cost savings and avoidance of $1,000 per user in anticipated upgrades and $1.2 million annually in operation costs. Their unique implementation has dramatically increased the efficiency of their family services case workers and enabled them to add a layer of security while in the field.
"The Horizon product has revolutionized the way we do everything. We were just notified that we won the 2013 Digital Government Achievement award for our one to one initiative; one person one device device based on VMWare."
The Mecklenburg County technical services team chose to deploy VMware Horizon View—over Citrix and Microsoft solutions—to securely mobilize and empower nearly 6,000 county employees. As part of the North Carolina county’s “One Person, One Device” initiative, executives, Youth and Family Services social workers, Park and Recreation employees, and Food Service inspectors use tablets and virtual desktops to securely access and input information on the go. Now more productive employees better reach and serve constituents while saving the county an average of $3.2 million per year.
"The benefits of using VMware Horizon View are in hardware cost and time savings. It equals out to be about $3.2 million savings per year for the organization. That's money that we can put back into services for the citizens of Mecklenburg 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."
VMware Workspace Suite Improves the Mobility, Security, and Productivity of Mecklenburg County Workforce While Reducing Local Government Costs
The Mecklenburg County technical services team chose to deploy VMware Workspace Suite—over Citrix and Microsoft solutions—to securely mobilize and empower nearly 6,000 county employees. As part of the North Carolina county’s “One Person, One Device” initiative, executives, Youth and Family Services social workers, Park and Recreation employees, and Food Service inspectors use phones, tablets and virtual desktops to securely access and input information on the go. Now more productive employees reach and serve constituents more effectively while delivering the county an average of $3.2 million per year in cost avoidance.
“The benefits of using VMware Workspace Suite are in hardware cost avoidance and time savings. It equals out to be about $3.2 million cost avoidance per year for the organization. That’s money that we can put back into services for the citizens of Mecklenburg County.”
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.
Menlo College Leverages VMware Horizon Desktop Virtualization to Support Multiple Use Cases
Menlo College, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, uses VMware Horizon virtual desktops for a variety of use cases including supporting computer labs, classroom instruction, financial administration, recruiting, and on-boarding new faculty and staff.
"VMware has clearly made a strong investment in education. I think VMware virtual desktops can be very powerful within institutions of any size."
Mirae Asset Life Insurance
Access Anywhere: VMware VDI Improves Desktop Manageability. Mirae Asset Life Insurance Inc., one of major life insurance companies in KR, replaced traditional desktops with virtual desktop environment.
Montgomery County Deploys Desktop Virtualization and Mobility to Better Serve Its Citizens
Montgomery County needed to respond to mobile and remote access demands from various employee constituencies—from field health workers to judges and sheriffs. It needed an environment where employees could access all their desktops, applications, and online services remotely and securely, from any device on any platform, with single sign-on. It found just that with VMware Horizon, a desktop and application virtualization solution, and AirWatch by VMware, an enterprise mobility management platform to ease desktop and device management for Montgomery County’s IT while boosting employee productivity, protecting sensitive citizen data and cutting costs.
“I never needed to sell this technology to anyone—it sells itself. Users never notice the system is virtual. We have no complaints about speed or performance.”
Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience(NIN) offers students stable and flexible workstations with Horizon (with View)
Desktop virtualization based on Horizon (with View) offers students who are working temporarily at the institution a stable and flexible workstation. They have access to complete functionality for data analysis, research and producing reports. At the same time the environment can easily be managed centrally using an image, so that installation and updates are rolled out centrally. Automatic replication of servers using Site Recovery Manager (SRM) also o¬ffers the institution easy and reliable contingency fallback. In the case of disaster, research can quickly be resumed from different locations.
“We now offer students 40 complete workstations they may freely use. Managing them has been set up centrally based on one image. So we can implement changes and updates quickly, and remotely”
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.”