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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

Columbia Sportswear

 

Columbia Sportswear Gets Extreme on Software-Defined Data Center Strategy

A Briefings Direct podcast on how a major sportswear company has leveraged virtualization and hybrid cloud to reap substantial business benefits.

“With our business changing and growing as quickly as it is, and with us doing business and selling directly to consumers in over a hundred countries around the world, our data centers have to be adaptable. Our data and our applications have to be secure and available, no matter where we are in the world, whether you're on network or off-premises. The SDDC has been a game-changer for us. It’s allowed to take those technologies, host them where we need them, and with whatever cost configuration makes sense, whether it’s in the cloud or on-premises, and deliver the solutions that our business needs”

— Tim Melvin, Director of Global Technology Infrastructure, Columbia Sportswear

ACI Specialty Benefits

 

Virtualization with Intelligent Operations Enables 55% Increase in Performance for ACI Specialty Benefits

Facing hyper-growth, ACI Specialty Benefits needed to ensure the company’s infrastructure was poised to proactively support the business. ACI moved to a virtualized data center and deployed vSphere with Operations Management in order to effectively load test, ensure adequate resources to handle demand, and onboard new customers more quickly and effectively. The company can now run applications at high service levels and maximize hardware savings through 40% higher capacity utilization and 50% higher consolidation ratios.

With the added visibility throughout its IT infrastructure, ACI has seen a 25% decrease in time spent on diagnostics and problem resolution. As a result of the operational efficiencies, the IT team is freed up to take on additional strategic initiatives.

“The first time looking at that single pane of glass was very surprising for us to see all of our different VMware infrastructure – at the data center, at headquarters, everywhere. Being able to see where we stood was a game changer.”

— Ryan Fay, Chief Information Officer, ACI Specialty Benefits

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

 

Enhancing patient experience through technology

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi went into construction in March 2010 and is scheduled for completion in 2015. The hospital’s management wanted to provide a best-in-class digital environment for all patients in order to give them the best experience possible and to ensure their stay is a comfortable as possible from every aspect.

The IT team naturally has to play a key part in this vision and, as a result, deployed vCloud Automation Center for improved managed and oversight of its infrastructure. Thanks to VMware, the time it takes to deliver applications to the hospital will be reduced from two weeks to 15 minutes – or by 70% - due to the automation capabilities of VMware’s solution.

“The key to our IT strategy when we began our journey here was starting with private cloud and growing to a hybrid cloud or a software-defined datacentre. I think that the real drivers for that were increased agility and achieving better time to market for our customers, whether that’s physicians who may need data for research, of the ability for us to rapidly upgrade and enhance products, enabling new services.”

— Mike Reagin, Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Nederlands Herseninstituut

 

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”

— Adriaan Klop, IT manager

Pea Soup Hosting

 

As fast growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting provider, Pea Soup has built its business model on VMware’s Virtual SAN in order to offer a flexible, reliable and affordable cloud for their customers.

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Bank Audi

 

Bank Audi Bridges the Business/IT Gap with Help from VMware Professional Services. Business leaders sometimes see IT as a “black box”—a dauntingly complex function that is supposed to serve business objectives but often has its own agenda. And IT leaders sometimes find business goals to be disconnected from the realities of limited resources, budget, and staff. However, working closely with VMware Professional Services, Bank Audi found a way to bridge the gap between business and IT and create new business advantages.

“We definitely feel that we have a trusted relationship with VMware to start a long term journey to the bank we’re aspiring to build.”

— Danny Dagher, CIO, Bank Audi

Department of Transport - Abu Dhabi

 

The Department of Transport (DoT) plans, develops and regulates an efficient and well-integrated transport system that contributes to the economic growth, quality of life and environmental sustainability of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. DoT serves the public interest by enhancing mobility and delivering safe, secure and environmentally responsible Aviation, Maritime, Public Transport and Highways sectors.

“VMware’s leadership, dedication, and sophisticated products helped the Department of Transport to virtualize its highly critical applications, thus enabling us to respond to our customers faster, power our Internal Corporate Services and Public transportation applications, and improve our services to the public in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi that encourages the use of public transportation.”

— Saeed Al Ghailani, Head, Infrastructure and Telecom

LiquidCapital

 

Liquid Capital harnesses virtualization as key to innovation. In its charge to embrace tomorrow’s technology as a means to improve its customer’s experience, South African financial service provider to the motoring industry Liquid Capital, has made a significant investment in virtualizing its entire IT environment.

“You have to be brave, you have to have a business strategy and you must show results immediately as you build things for the future. If you need an effective disaster recovery solution it is simply a no brainer, you have to virtualize. It’s the catalyst for the future and without it you won’t be able to get to the cloud.”

— Billy van Zyl, General Manager IT, Liquid Capital

Join Experience S.A

 

JOIN is using a software-defined data center approach to deliver world-class 4G services and cloud infrastructure to customers, and VMware NSX is enabling the service provider to develop and scale new machine-to-machine (M2M), mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and other enterprise cloud service offerings across the European continent.

“We were able to define the best possible infrastructure that would give us the means to provide robust and flexible services and to foster a flexible growth.”

— Michael Mossal, CIO, JOIN Experience

Datacentrix

 

Partner testimonial as to how effectively the VOA assesments tool worked for their customers, providing quantifiable results on how much it has saved its customers.

Some typical feedback we got was that the customers saw that the SQL DBA insists on more memory, whereas VOA clearly indicated that they are not even using a quarter of that memory. It quickly highlighted to us what the root cause of performance problems were.

— Jay Dempsey & Marius Redelinghuis, , Solutions Architect

Banca Akros

 

Banca Akros decided to adopt VMware vSphere with Operations Management, implementing the system in the new infrastructure. The main objective of the adoption of VMware vSphere with Operations Management has been supporting the IT in the verification of the "health" of the virtualization platform to optimize the capacity and monitor the performance of the workload from a single point.

“From the outset, vSphere with Operations Management has proven itself invaluable for implementing VMware’s best practices to minimize risks and guarantee the functionality and efficiency of company systems”

— Davide Fanizzo, System Administrator, Banca Akros S.p.a.

Beaumont Hospital

 

Ireland’s Beaumont Hospital is using VMware’s vCenter Log Insight to deliver better IT services to its organisation through more efficient network usage and reduced downtime. It does this by delivering unparalleled visibility into its virtualized IT estate.

“As the hospital’s reliance on IT grew, the role of IT staff became steadily more complex. With all departments and every new project requiring some level of IT input, we realised we needed to run our infrastructure in a more efficient way. This meant investing in a solution which could offer us clear and comprehensive visibility into our server network. Using VMware vCenter Log Insight has allowed us to better track data centre trends and, as a result, make better, more informed decisions about our network to help increase efficiency and prolong the life-span of equipment. We’re also able to identify potential IT issues quicker than ever before meaning that downtime is almost non-existent and the end-user experience has improved.”

— David Kelly, ICT Virtualization Manager

Ziv Medical Center

 

Ziv Medical Center in Zefat previously had various distributed systems across the hospital and they wanted to unify them using a single solution which will be easy to manage, allow them to gain a unified view of all the systems simply and easily, and, of course, will be highly resilient. That's why they chose VMware View. The VMware view solution that they implemented at the zivMedical Center consists of two resilient storage systems that work in a cluster. This system caters for around 1,000 work stations. It's an environment that works as a 'Kiosk'. Their users enjoy a new work environment, a very fast one, with excellent response times. As a user logs in, he gets exactly what he needs. It's an environment that goes everywhere with him, it's dedicated to him - and roams with him. Doctors for example, may work in several different wards. They may finish work in one ward, log out, move to the next ward, log in - and receive a new environment that is adapted to their exact needs.

"The Ziv Medical Center in Zefat was founded roughly a century ago. It serves around 150,000 residents in the upper Galilee region, among them cities such as Karmiel, Kiryat Shmona, and Hatzor. This is the northernmost hospital in Israel and it therefore also often serves the IDF. They operate 1,000 PCs, 700 printers, and 80 servers, which are mostly VMware's. The vast majority of systems in the hospital are computerized. This includes labs, ORs, X Ray facilities, external infirmaries, hospital admissions, the trauma center and more. Our IT unit employs 11 people. One needs to understand that the systems we manage are life-supporting. These systems must be constantly up and running".

— Zion Levy, Head of IT Department, Ziv Medical Center

Delhi International Airport

 

India’s number-one airport scores another first by adopting virtual desktops, improving availability and boosting employee efficiency

“We were excited to be entrusted with the responsibility of rolling out the virtual desktop initiative at DIAL. The success of the project was a matter of prestige as well as challenge for DIAL, as it would pave the way for similar replication of technology across the group.”

— Mr IP Rao, Cheif Executive Officer

GarudaFood

 

Indonesia’s leading food and beverage company adopts an ambitious virtualization strategy to support its rapidly growing business

“Virtualizing SAP results in higher availability at a lower cost. Most importantly, it provides continuous access to the system for our users, boosting their productivity as well as our revenues. This is exactly the kind of stability our operations need.”

— Mr Eddy Sutisna, Chief of Corporate Information Technology

Singapore Press Holdings

 

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) needed to build a digital business that could complement its print portfolio. SPH turned to VMware virtualization to run key digital properties and help it develop applications to improve the efficiency of its newspaper business.

“Deploying VMware allows us to pool our resources and provide a highly available and robust infrastructure for our business applications.”

— Ang Lian Ann, Systems Specialist

Perforce Software

 

Video montage featuring customers using vCloud Air featured during Bill Fathers keynote session at VMWorld 2014. Customers featured include SAIC, Iatric Systems and Perforce Software as they discuss how vCloud Air is changing how they do business and how they have benefited from using vCloud solution.

“The ability to have vCloud Air be a transparent extension of our VMware environment allows us to prototype new applications internally and then deploy them to vCloud Air within a push of a button.”

— David Ackerman, Director of Technology, Perforce Software

Iatric Systems

 

This video montage, which aired during Bill Fathers keynote session at VMworld 2014, features customers using vCloud Air. SAIC, Iatric Systems and Perforce Software discusses how VMware vCloud Air is changing the way they do business and how they have benefited.

“The challenge was, how do we build a bigger system, vCloud Air has given us a solution that is cost effective, that is secure, that is robust, that is scalable but is something we can also implement very easily and rapidly for the customer”

— Shon Barrier, VP, Information Technology Services, Iatric Systems

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

 

This video montage, which aired during Bill Fathers keynote session at VMworld 2014, features customers using vCloud Air. SAIC, Iatric Systems and Perforce Software discusses how VMware vCloud Air is changing the way they do business and how they have benefited.

“So we view vCloud Air and the other products within the vCloud portfolio as a platform we can leverage to create unique and compelling solutions for our customer in the cloud space. Without the flexibility of the platform, the speed of delivery of new services and the capabilities provided by the platform we would pass frankly on a lot of opportunities in the market.”

— Coby Holloway, Vice President and Service Line Director of Cloud Computing Technologies and Business Transformation Services, SAIC
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