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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

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.”

— Dr. Marc Hoit, Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO, NC State University

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.”

— Dr. Marc Hoit, Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO, NC State University

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.”

— Ryan Sicard, Director of IT, Somerset School District

Peconic Bay Medical Center

 

Peconic Bay Medical Center discusses VMware Horizon View and Siemens Soarian information access for their Healthcare technology needs.

Kishwaukee Health

 

Northrim Bank

 

Northrim Bank believes that customers deserve the very highest level of service. VMware Horizon View is helping the bank meet its “Customer First Service” goals by enabling workforce mobility between headquarters and branch offices, and serving as a critical component of the bank’s “branch in a box” high-availability solution. Horizon View—together with Cisco UCS E-Series Servers and Atlantis Computing ILIO data-storage technologies—reduces costs, keeps the bank in compliance, and enables always-on access to applications for business-critical processes performed by management, bank tellers, and loan originators.

“With Horizon View, provisioning desktops, which used to be a very difficult, very manual task has become automated and it’s easy for us to deploy not just one or two, but 10 or 20 desktops within a few minutes. With the ability to have different snapshots, different versions and different gold images, we can tailor the user desktop to the business need.”

— Erick Stoeckle , Network and Systems Manager, Northrim Bank

Peconic Bay Medical Center

 

Peconic Bay Medical Center discusses VMware Horizon View and Siemens Soarian information access for their Healthcare technology needs.

Mecklenburg County

 

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."

— Cliff DuPuy, Director of Technical Services Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

SSOE Group

 

Collaboration with talent around the world is one of SSOE Group’s central business models. Horizon View enables employees and authorized contractors—from Toledo and Tennessee to Mumbai, Shanghai, and Singapore—to securely work together on graphically intense, centralized designs and 3D models. The solution brings everyone together virtually, increasing efficiency while protecting client and SSOE intellectual property.

Softcat

 

In this video, we hear from Sam Routledge, Solutions Director at Softcat, about how the solutions provider and reseller has been enabling its customers to move towards private and hybrid cloud and the Software-Defined Data Center with VMware.

"We work with VMware because they are really the standard in infrastructure virtualization. We had really really good times with them over the years. Our customers think it’s fantastic, the products rock solid, rarely any issues & by and large our customers just want to do more with VMware and with virtualization which is obviously great for us."

— Sam Routledge, Solutions Director at Softcat

Cork Institute of Technology

 

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is a Third level college based in the south of Ireland in Cork. The challenges they were looking to address in CIT was in relation to the online delivery of cloud computing courses. VMware View allowed them to deploy virtual desktops to the students and also they choose vCloud Director Product to deploy labs to students as well. Since these students use their own vAPP; with vCloud director, the vAPPs are segregated and they are isolated from other vAPPS so they can manipulate these tools, test these tools and not affect the network surrounding.

"We have been forging industry links with VMware and we had worked quite closely with VMware in developing cloud computing academic programmes and it was through these links and through the positive experience we had with VMware products previously that we decided to choose VMware View as the desktop deployment solution and vCloud Director."

— Irene Griffin, Cloud Computing Officer, Cork Institute of Technology

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.”

— Christine Marsh, IT Manager at Mansfield District Council

Fuji Keizai Co, Ltd.

 

To improve the security of sensitive data on its servers, Japanese market research company Fuji Keizai implemented a thin-client environment back in 2008. However, there were considerable issues around managing the thin clients and further problems supporting mobile devices. After exploring all options, the company switched to a VMware Horizon View client environment with support for multiple device types.

"VMware Horizon View is optimised for use in virtual desktop environments, and it also meets our needs by providing integrated management tools and full support for mobile devices."

— Akira Sasaki, Chief of Systems Department

SSOE Group

 

SSOE Group is an Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management firm with 1200 employees located in 29 offices across 7 countries. SSOE leverages the best talent that they have to complete client projects no matter where that talent is located and this requires global collaboration in a 3D environment. SSOE selected a solution utilizing VMware Horizon View, Cisco, and NVIDIA to deliver the 3D graphics performance required from applications such as Autodesk Revit to complete projects in a virtualized desktop environment.

"I’d absolutely recommend the Cisco Invidia VMware Horizon View solution to other companies who are using graphically intensive applications. It's the best of all possible worlds. With Cisco you're getting the hardware, reliability, performance, price point. With Invidia, the graphics acceleration, simply unmatched in a solution like this. And obviously VMware Horizon View is producing the capability for me to get a global work force collaborating in one location, using disparate people from anywhere."

— Bill Case, Director of Computer & Information Systems, SSOE Group

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

BLDD Architects

 

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

— Dan Reynolds, Senior Systems Administrator

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

Gangnam Severance Hospital

 

By moving to a VDI environment based on VMware View™, GSH was able to comply with new data security requirements and improve mobile access to medical information, without requiring costly hardware upgrades.

"We tested old PCs with a view to minimising our procurement spend – and to our surprise, we found no significant performance difference between these and new machines in a VDI environment. So we were able to reduce expenses by continuing to use the current equipment."

— Sung-Il Kim, Director, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University

St Edmund’s College

 

St Edmund’s College needed to increase the efficiency and reliability of its IT estate, while enabling a new BYOD solution for pupils and teachers within the school. Using VMware software, the school has virtualized 95% of its servers and 70% of its desktop PCs, providing a new, central platform for managing IT.

“We’re really excited by what VMware’s technology has brought to St Edmund’s College. By giving pupils the opportunity to use their own devices, the children have become much more engaged within lessons and are able to experience new ways of working. Being able to access the school network from home or within the boarding houses is also allowing them to become more efficient and independent learners. Alongside this, we’ve also seen some significant cost and environmental savings for the school through increased energy efficiency and reduced maintenance costs.”

— Paulo Durán, Headmaster, St Edmund’s College
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