Queen’s University Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences Deploys VMware Virtual SAN Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solution to Speed Student and Faculty Access to Critical Applications
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University implemented VMware Horizon® desktop virtualization to enable access to critical applications. However, as the user base grew and applications became more resource-intensive, the existing storage solution couldn’t handle the increasing demand. Because of slowness accessing applications, students often sacrificed lab time. By replacing the overburdened storage infrastructure with the VMware Virtual SAN™ hyper-converged infrastructure solution, the university solved performance and capacity issues, while scaling storage cost-effectively.
“I was blown away with the implementation of VMware Virtual SAN and VDI. No single thing that we had done in the past had caused that extent of change from a user point of view.”
NTT Data North America uses VMware Technologies to Optimize Infrastructure and Deliver a Private Cloud
Headquartered in the United States, NTT Data North America provides consulting, staffing, outsourcing, and cloud services. In 2008, NTT Data North America’s India development center virtualized its infrastructure to reduce server sprawl and reclaim datacenter real estate. As cloud based infrastructure as a service models matured, NTT Data North America’s India development center decided to transform the way it provided infrastructure resources to developers. The business used VMware IT Business Management to optimize its infrastructure investments. By late 2015, the center was preparing to launch a private cloud based on VMware vCloud Suite into production.
“VMware IT Business Management also enables us to customize values to more accurately reflect the returns we are achieving on our investments. For example, I can calculate and input a higher value for a server purchased in 2015 than a server purchased in 2010, and add the necessary changes to the cost of a virtual machine being used by a particular business unit.”
Leonardo-Finmeccanica: the digital transformation of infrastructure starts with a software-defined data center
The Security & Information Systems division at Leonardo-Finmeccanica has embarked on a transformation. It begins with the development of infrastructure technology to achieve agility and simplicity in the provision of IT services. Leonardo-Finmeccanica has selected VMware as the provider of the best technology solutions and advisory services to create a software-defined data center.
“It is a decisive project for us, and this was the best time to implement it. VMware has proven to be the right partner to do it with, and they have provided support of the highest quality.”
National Informatics Centre
VMware helps the Indian government revolutionize service delivery to citizens
National Informatics Centre (NIC) is the premier ICT organization of the Indian Government. It works closely with central & state government departments, agencies, and district administration to deliver e-governance services. The organization has undertaken the largest-ever deployment in the Indian government to establish a VMware-powered private cloud. This enabled NIC to reduce the time required to provision ICT resources for government projects from six months to a few days, further lowering costs by consolidating its technology infrastructure & enabling government departments to focus on innovation rather than administration.
“The six months required to procure, commission, and install hardware is a thing of the past. Departments simply send us an online request and the infrastructure they need is available in a day or two from the National Cloud.”
Zettagrid Improves Availability by Easing Public Cloud Management with VMware Virtual SAN Solution
Operating the easiest, fastest, and most highly available public cloud in its market, Zettagrid is constantly looking for ways to improve the infrastructure and services it provides to customers. When it came time to future-proof its architecture to ensure performance and service delivery, it turned to the VMware Virtual SAN™ solution to increase storage capacity. In the process it gained operational efficiencies, lowered operating costs, and became agile enough to grow its IT environment with the business.
“Virtual SAN allows us to have the best-of-breed HCI technology. The simplicity and flexibility is such a massive factor. It makes it easy for our cloud operations team to manage storage along with our VMware environment, and it also allows us to scale as and when we need it.”
NX Systems discusses its journey with VMware so far and the SDDC solutions it has deployed to help improve the scalability, continuity and flexibility of its payments platform
“vSAN is helping us to achieve the scalability that we always wanted to achieve. First we looked at the software-designed, and then we looked at the hardware design and the virtualization, and the three of them are coming nicely together to actually give the business what it wants.” “We offer our own financial services, but are also offering our own platform-as-a-service. So having vSAN looking at NSX and getting the automation portal together is helping us to bring up [our platform] in different locations, so even when customers out of the blue tell us they want our platform in a PCI environment, we use all the bits and pieces coming from the product to actually give them an environment that is fully controlled and still monitored by us.”
Cardinal Health’s Shared Services IT Increases Efficiencies with Help from VMware’s Technical Account Manager Improving Customer Access to Growing Healthcare Services
Cardinal Health relies upon their VMware TAM to drive strategic plans and implementation, support the Shared Services IT department and provide for existing and future growth so the business can better service its customers and their patients.
“As an expanding Shared Services IT organization within Cardinal Health, we continue to partner with VMware for both virtualization technology and VMware Professional Services expertise. Our customers demand reliable and timely products and services to best serve their patients. Our IT team makes this available and with VMware’s help is better positioned to support all the ongoing acquisitions and future plans.”
VMware Hyper-Converged technology Helps Baystate Health Provide a Higher Level of Care While Cutting IT Expenses
Baystate Health, one of the leading healthcare providers in the nation, must evolve continuously to offer the highest-quality care. To support this mission, Baystate embarked on an update of its entire IT infrastructure in 2014. It turned to VMware technology, specifically vSphere, Virtual SAN, NSX and Horizon to design and build a new virtualized data center, and to deploy 10,000 virtual desktops to allow clinicians and administrative personnel to access the corporate network while on the go.
“Based on the requirements of up-time, integration of all the different siloes and essentially the seamlessness of the architecture, VMware is, as far as we’re concerned, the proper choice – pretty much the most solid approach to hyperconvergence.”
Clover School District
Clover School District Rejuvenates Aging Computer Labs with VMware Horizon and VMware Virtual SAN
Clover School District had all but abandoned its computer labs in favor of personal iPads and MacBook Air laptops for every student. Then the state of South Carolina announced new, mandatory Windows-based standards for online testing. Instead of a massive capital investment in new desktop PCs, the district opted for a virtual desktop environment based on the VMware Horizon® 6 platform, and a new hosting platform powered by VMware Virtual SAN™ hyperconverged storage. The results: Like-new desktop performance, a secure and compliant test environment, lower capital and operating costs, and a more resilient infrastructure.
"I am a huge fan of VSAN. Traditional SANs require a lot of babysitting, we noticed we had TBs of overprovisioned storage. With VSAN we were able to buy just what we need. We cut costs by 75% and don’t need to babysit storage anymore. System resiliency is great – VSAN allows the show to continue without disruption in case of hardware downtime."
Mansfield Oil Uses VMware vSphere with Operations Management to Increase IT Utilization with Visibility into the Health of IT Systems
Mansfield Oil, a large, fast-growing leader in the energy supply, logistics, and services industry, relies on VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™ to virtualize its IT resources and monitor the health and utilization of its IT systems. The company is now able to fix IT issues proactively, before they become problems; identify underutilized resources and reclaim them as needed; and accurately forecast the need for additional IT resources.
"The flexibility and scalability we have gained from VMware enables us to be a true partner to the business."
"Capacity planning drove our adoption of VMware vSphere with Operations Management, and we now know where we stand in terms of IT capacity and utilization, and where we are headed."
Perfect Health: OSIS Provides 100 Percent Uptime for Its Healthcare Clients with VMware
OSIS cannot tolerate downtime. Community health centers rely on OSIS to host their healthcare applications, and if those are unavailable, patient care will suffer. After struggling with outages for years on the Microsoft Hyper-V platform, OSIS migrated to VMware vSphere with Operations Management and achieved 100 percent uptime of IT systems.
“We had bad experiences with Hyper-V. Practically my first day on the job, one of my first questions was, ‘Why don’t we have VMware?'"
"Moving to VMware has freed up a lot of time for the entire team.”
Agropur Ingredients Improves Performance and Reduces Downtime by Deploying VMware Virtual SAN Solution
Agropur Ingredients operates a network of plants to make cheese and other ingredients for food-industry customers. Each plant operates its own data center to ensure that cheese and ingredient making continue around the clock. When an aging and out-of-capacity physical storage solution began to slow operations and hinder system maintenance, the company turned to the VMware Virtual SAN™ solution. The result: more capacity for less cost and improved system and application performance.
“In the past, we had no ability to add storage or scale to meet our growing needs. Today with Virtual SAN, I can add more disk on the fly without even thinking about it, and memory upgrades have become a breeze.”
State Department of Health
State’s Department of Health Deploys VMware Virtual SAN to Increase Storage Capacity and Performance
The Bureau of Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) plays an important role in health departments’ mission of delivering healthy outcomes to all of their state’s inhabitants. Thus, when an aging, out-of-capacity storage solution began to hinder efficient delivery of the bureau’s services in one state, the Department of Health (DOH) there needed to take action. To do so, it turned to VMware Virtual SAN™, which delivered more capacity for less cost and also improved application and system performance.
“In the past, we were always worried about over-provisioning, but with the thin provisioning afforded by VMware Virtual SAN we’ve gained so much space, this is simply not an issue.”
Wachter Reduces Storage Costs, Improves Performance and Simplifies Administration with VMware Virtual SAN
Wachter, Inc. urgently needed more data storage for their VMware virtual environment at its Lenexa, Kansas headquarters. By replacing the existing server hardware with three new Cisco nodes, packed with 45TB of storage and running VMware Virtual SAN™ software, the company reduced the capital costs of storage, improved storage performance, simplified system administration, and accelerated IT response to new business requirements.
"Most of the traditional SAN options would have given us 15 to 20 terabytes at a cost of somewhere between $5 and $7 a gigabyte. With the new Cisco servers and Virtual SAN we got cost savings at the rate of 1/5th of the traditional SAN, with 45 terabytes that cost less than $1.50 a gigabyte. It was a massive difference."
VMware NSX Gives Baystate Health Security & Agility
Baystate Health found that VMware NSX is the model for healthcare networking, allowing them to be both highly secure and extremely agile in a rapidly changing environment.
“One of the things that NSX allows us to do right off the bat is multi-tenant operations. Without NSX, that becomes much more complex.”
NAV, the Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration, experienced that increased user demands and heavy traffic surpassed their system’s capacity. By implementing cloud and virtualization solutions from VMware, NAV developed a dedicated cloud environment that would support increasing demands, offer easier administration and better security.
«We haven’t found any other product that is as good for surveillance of our virtual environment as VMware vCenter Operations Manager»
VMware vRealize Suite Transforming IT as Rent-A-Center
Learn how Rent-A-Center, a leader in the rent-to-own space in North America, uses the vRealize Suite and automation and hybrid cloud management capabilities to empower and speed infrastructure delivery to modernize their IT infrastructure and point of sale software delivery.
“Before we had these tools (vRealize Suite and NSX), it took literally dozens of people a week to get a store deployed. Just because of all the back-end changes that had to occur. With the new tools, we’re able to deploy a hundred stores a day with minimal staff.
In addition to the time savings, with the use of the infrastructure tools that come with the vCloud Suite, we have an 85% (improvement) in infrastructure utilization, in time to deploy, in disk space utilization… it’s just been a tremendous savings in every dimension.”
Fujitsu TDS GmbH
Fujitsu virtualizes SAP HANA based on VMware
The Fujitsu TDS GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Group and a full-service IT and SAP systems house and provides medium and large customers a wide range of data center services. One of Fujitsu's focus are offerings for SAP, and especially the offer for SAP HANA. This consists of a complete package, which includes the certified hardware, consulting and support in the implementation and servicing. Target of Fujitsu was to be able to offer SAP HANA from the Fujitsu private cloud, from a data center in Germany – cost-effective, fast and flexible as traditional SAP systems – and with optimized security.
"At Fujitsu we promise to make applications easier. To meet this commitment, the applications have to be easy to maintain and to operate. VMware helped us to achieve this goal. Today we can use the same processes and technologies for SAP HANA, that we use also for classical SAP systems."
Fulton County Schools
Fulton County Schools Optimize Personalized Learning with VMware Virtual SAN
“To put it in layman’s terms, my customer, what made them so happy is tasks they were running on the old environment were taking thirty to forty five minutes to complete. And on the new environment, with VSAN, it was sub-five minutes.”
Cognizant in India brings simplicity and agility to its IT life
Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world’s leading companies build stronger businesses. When assessing Cognizant’s IT environment, it was clear from the results that it was growing at an unsustainable pace. The company had several data centers, packed with physical servers, storage, and networking elements. The company needed to deliver a more agile IT environment, to drive innovation and next-generation cloud services. To achieve this, Cognizant chose to partner with VMware to offer Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to internal customers. Post virtualization, the business has seen server utilization rates double to 80 percent, a reduction in physical server numbers, and a defined roadmap for software-defined data center adoption.
“Our plan is to build our IT around a SDDC enabled by leveraging our partnership with VMware. Short-term goals include moving to virtualized storage and virtualized networking. Our relationship with VMware will continue to bring value to the Cognizant business.”