Zebra Technologies Masters a Massive Merger
with a Hybrid Cloud Using VMware NSX and
When Zebra Technologies bought Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business in 2014, it also acquired 700 new applications and a massive daily hosting bill. To handle the influx, the company transformed its internal data center facilities to create a VMware-based private cloud. It extended that environment with the VMware vCloud® Air™ Dedicated Cloud service and chose VMware vRealize® Suite to manage the resulting hybrid private-public cloud secured by VMware NSX®. This tightly integrated environment delivered the flexibility needed to quickly migrate the Motorola workloads, retire the legacy hosting expense, and launch on-demand infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
“You need to have all these pieces: the Software-Defined Data Center, the public cloud service, the automation, the security, the operational visibility, and the financial transparency. VMware has sewn it all into a single software solution.”
Zebra Technologies Handles Massive Motorola Merger with VMware vCloud Air Solution
Zebra Technologies builds logistical solutions that identify, track, and manage critical assets, people, and transactions. The company's end-to-end solutions combine mobile computers, scanners, specialty printers, radio-frequency identification (RFID) labeling, software, and services to give physical things a digital voice and provide companies with visibility into their business. Headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Zebra operates in 81 countries and employs a workforce of more than 7,000.
When Zebra Technologies bought Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business in 2014, it acquired 700 new applications and a massive hosting bill. By transforming its internal data center facilities to create a VMware private cloud, and by extending that environment with the VMware vCloud® Air™ service, Zebra created a hybrid private-public cloud with the scalability and flexibility to quickly migrate the Motorola workloads, retire the legacy hosting expense, and prepare for future growth.
"We have a cloud service provider who wrote the code that runs the cloud. If there's a problem with vCloud Air, VMware doesn't have to call anyone else. That made this a very simple decision."
Zebra Technologies Rapidly Delivers Digital Workspaces Post Acquisition with VMware Horizon Air
Founded in 1969, Zebra Technologies Corporation started out as a leader in barcode printers and readers, providing companies with real-time manufacturing and logistics. In 2013, Zebra added to their portfolio of tracking and visibility technology with the Internet of Things (IoT) platform, Zatar. In 2014, Zebra acquired the enterprise business unit of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and now more than 7,000 employees in more than 110 offices around the world support the development and sales of Zebra software and hardware solutions. Zebra holds more than 4,200 asset management technology patents and employs more than 1,700 engineers. That commitment to innovation has landed Zebra on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2016. Today, Zebra’s primary mission is helping its global customer base, including more than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, harness real-world data for actionable business intelligence. Zebra Technologies needed to provide a digital workspace that would allow both existing and newly acquired employees to access the company network from anywhere. IT was exploring a hybrid-cloud approach for desktops to provide that flexibility to remote developers outside of headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illin. IT had been testing dinCloud for their Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution for about a year. However, end users complained about the product’s performance. For instance, when users moved their mouse, it dragged across the screen due to keyboard mapping issues that impacted response time.
"The performance was great, and the ease of deployment was really what sold Zebra on Horizon Air. It is incredibly easy to spin up a couple hundred desktops quickly. VDI became a huge success for us to get people onto Zebra’s network right through their basic Internet port.”
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.”
ATS Automation Accelerates VDI Performance by 7x with VMware Virtual SAN at One-Fifth the Cost of Competing Solutions
ATS Automation wanted to expand their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) but found that doing so with their existing SAN would be cost prohibitive. By implementing VMware Virtual SAN™ to support their VMware Horizon® virtual desktop infrastructure, ATS was able to improve VDI performance by 7x, enabling remote workers to use demanding 3D CAD programs for the first time. Moreover, the cost for the solution was only one-fifth the cost of competitor offerings.
“From no one wanting to use VDI, we’ve evolved to now everyone wants it, and they are happy. It enabled our remote workers to do something they couldn’t reliably do before. It really improved their ability to work with performance-hungry apps.”
Phoenix Software delivers SaaS service run on VMware vCloud Air
Phoenix Software is a UK Solution Provider partner which owns a traditional software company, an ISV, called License Dashboard. License Dashboard wants to deliver a SaaS service and as the software already runs on VMware the easiest way forward is to deliver this software from vCloud Air. A further advantage is that License Dashboard will be able to deliver SaaS services around the world by using vCloud Air’s datacenters across the globe.
Secure-24 Lowers Costs, Speeds Deployment, and Gains Flexibility by Virtualizing SAP HANA with VMware vSphere Solution
As a certified SAP partner, managed cloud services provider Secure-24 has hosted systems using the SAP HANA in-memory database since it was released in 2010. Yet unlike the majority of the applications Secure-24 hosts, SAP HANA was only available as a dedicated physical appliance—until recently, when SAP opened the door to virtualizing SAP HANA via the VMware vSphere® platform. Today, Secure-24 offers a more flexible SAP HANA service at a significantly reduced cost utilizing vSphere virtualization. Founded in 2001 in Southfield, Michigan, Secure-24 provides managed hosting and private cloud services to medium and large global enterprises. With a focus on application hosting, Secure-24 relies on more than 500 employees and a network of Tier IV and Tier IV+ data centers to deliver highly secure and highly available services that scale to meet clients’ evolving business and budget requirements.
“There’s a clear and growing desire in the marketplace to be able to take advantage of the power of SAP HANA without a huge capital outlay. VMware allows us to fulfill that desire by offering a virtualized solution.”
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.”
Designer Pages and VMware vCloud Air
Designer Pages was conceived in 2007 with a crude napkin sketch and a lofty vision to reshape the way the architecture and design industries do business. They build tools that help designers find great products and connect with the manufacturers that make them. Designer Pages is located in New York City, which is the largest design market in the world and it’s the hub of all architects and designers. Being located in New York has made it easier for customers to access their solutions.
Having seen the problem with large firms in New York City that were struggling enormously with information management, specifically around products being selected for buildings, Designer Pages decided to deliver for these design firms by providing a product selection and specification platform that would serve as knowledge portal for firms so that every single product selection was accessible indefinitely.
Designer Pages is currently using VMware vCloud Air to host their main company’s website – customer facing as well as other app servers such as load balancer and SQL.
"We wanted to focus on building something that would be valuable for our customers. We did not want to focus our time dealing with technical infrastructure that we knew we would be able to scale ourselves. We decided to move our software to VMware because we knew it would ultimately make us a better business."
City Clinic Bulgaria
City Clinic taps VDI technology to save lives and cut costs
City Clinic implements an innovative cloud-based mobile telemedicine solution combining state-of-the-art medical instrumentation and proven virtual desktop technology from VMware to expand the reach and lower the cost of medical examination. Applications include disaster response, prevention programs, chronic condition monitoring, distributed first-contact care, home care and many more. City Clinic blazes the trail for both private and public healthcare organizations, gaining the ability to provide high quality care to more people, faster and cheaper – all at the same time – and with existing human resources.
“We were not interested in integrating many single-purpose, often proprietary solutions. Rather, we wanted to see an open platform enabling us to perform a multitude of medical examination procedures as well as tests remotely. That essentially meant having one solution integrating many medical instruments. We also stressed the need to tightly integrate remote examination with centralized, standards-based Electronic Medical Record systems. Without such integration, the solution would not be much of an improvement for our doctors’ productivity.”
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.”
Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ)
Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) chose vCloud NFV for Omnibus services
IIJ transformed to a cloud-based deployment of telecoms services for enterprise customers using the multi-vendor and multi-domain capabilities of the vCloud NFV platform. In doing so IIJ can automate customer services to provide increased customer satisfaction and service margins and mitigate some of the security challenges associated with managing on-premise customer equipment. Customers are provided secure dedicated resources to run network functions specific to their business needs on a shared IIJ service infrastructure.
Dayton Superior Corporation
VMware Professional Services Helps Dayton Superior Achieve its Mobility Initiatives and Business Goals
Dayton Superior worked with VMware Professional Services to deploy virtual desktops via VMware Horizon™ 6 Enterprise Edition for greater mobility, productivity, customization, and reliability for its workforce.
“After bringing on VMware Professional Services, we were able to successfully implement the project. where it would have taken us weeks or months with internal resources.”
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.”
Seventy Seven Energy Inc. (77NRG)
Seventy Seven Energy goes 100% cloud in only four months with VMware and AirWatch Solutions
In the volatile oil and gas industry, Seventy Seven Energy (77NRG) needed a virtualization solution that could scale quickly to support thousands of users under a tight deadline. With a small IT staff and limited resources, the company wanted a complete cloud-hosted solution. With a combined VMware Horizon® Air™, VMware vCloud® Air™ and AirWatch® Enterprise Mobility Management solution, 77NRG successfully delivered virtualized resources to 2,500 employees within just four months.
“VMware Horizon Air enables employees to access their desktop from any location, even at Grandma's house. I've had employees approach me to tell me how great it is that they can get home and start working exactly where they left off in the field. And they can use the same familiar desktop they have on other devices. This has been the key for users – they love it.”
ESC Lab Sciences
ESC Lab Sciences Deploys VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery to Keep Its Business Operational Under Any Circumstances
As one of the largest and busiest environmental testing labs in the country, ESC Lab Sciences needed a reliable disaster recovery plan that would minimize the possibility of operations grinding to a halt due to natural or human disasters. VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery serves as the basis of that plan, integrating seamlessly with the company’s VMware vSphere environment.
ESC Lab Sciences provides environmental testing, analysis, and data to public and private- sector customers nationwide. The Mt. Juliet, Tennessee–based organization was founded in 1970 and has grown to become the largest single-location environmental testing lab in the United States. It now has more than 250 employees extending operations to 50 round- the-clock client support centers located throughout the country, analyzing everything from drinking water and waste water to air quality, industrial hygiene, radiochemistry, and more.
“It took just a few weeks to implement VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery and replicate our mission-critical applications and servers. Within a month, I was able to turn on those services and start doing isolated tests.”
Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAA)
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) runs on VMware vCloud Air
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), with over 19,000 members in 72 countries, is the professional association for the men and women who manage and maintain the game’s most valuable resource — the golf course. Today, GCSAA and its members are recognized by the golf industry as one of the key contributors in elevating the game and business to its current state.
GCSAA’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf.
After deciding their IT strategy included transitioning to a Software Defined Data Center, they evaluated several vendors. They decided to go with VMware and EMC for server and storage consolidation and virtualization. They are currently 90% virtualized, with a 100% goal in the next couple of years. Currently 50% of their production applications are hosted in vCloud Air (Learning Management and Association Management apps) with a goal of 100%. These applications are important in helping GCSAA to get their customers to learn how to play golf better but also in achieving their goals of growing the business.
They also needed a cloud-based solution that would help them with international expansion rather than having to set up data centers in various countries.
"To stay competitive and to take advantage of new business opportunities, we have to be scalable but also have an environment that is reliable and redundant. And hosting our production environments in VMware vCloud Air has allowed us to grow in a rapid pace in order to fulfill the needs of our current members and our future ones.”
“The best thing that we have experienced with VMware vCloud Air is that we are able to do more with less. And what that means is that having a managed infrastructure up in VMware vCloud Air allows our engineers to basically spin up production test dev environment quickly than we would have had in our previous hosting provide.”
VMware vCloud Air and Lumeta Corporation
In this world of advanced and complex cyber threats, Lumeta empowers information security professionals with the industry’s most comprehensive network situational awareness solutions. The accurate and timely intelligence Lumeta provides on network architecture, network segmentation and cyber-security analytics allows our clients to validate IT policies, analyze the connectivity between assets and networks, uncover risk patterns and policy weaknesses, and proactively secure their critical assets. Lumeta is the foundation for a healthy, secure network.
Most of Lumeta’s Customers are in the Fortune 500 or 100. They also have large Federal Customers. And Lumeta helps organizations and their customers understand their network architecture, network segmentation by providing a cloud-based software solution that uses VMWare vCloud Air as its delivery vehicle.
The technology initiatives that Lumeta has put in place now are moving their support and IT Operations into a more virtual environment. They have moved their go-to-market to more of a virtual delivery through VMWare products and services. And helping drive business innovation through the partnership with VMWare has been impactful in allowing them to provide situational awareness products through VCloud Air.
"We chose VMware hybrid cloud because it is the most flexible solution on the market right now. The flexibility of having both on premise VMware resources as well as VMware resources in the cloud is very powerful. And it is kind of a differentiator. And the ability to have those two sets of infrastructure in our operations and work as one is very important for us. It helps with our efficiency, our ease of deployment and our RND process."
Creative Solutions in Healthcare
Creative Solutions in Healthcare with VMware vCloud Air
Creative Solutions in Healthcare is the largest independent owner and operator of skilled nursing facilities in Texas. The company was founded in 2000 and today operates more than 49 skilled nursing and 13 assisted living facilities with a staff of 6,000 employees.
Creative Solutions in Healthcare strives everyday to enhance the quality of life for seniors in their care facilities. This extra service grants their patients the comfort in knowing that the company will go the extra mile to deliver the best possible care.
They believe that caring for the elderly is a high honor. Their resident-respect approach to caring is what continues to be the driving force in the core strategy of their company, including their focus on deploying proven, best-in-class technologies. Their love for their residents is best measured by the respect, dignity and compassion they extend daily to them.
As part of its commitment to delivering outstanding patient services, the company decided to migrate from its co-located physical environment to the cloud to save costs, improve application availability, and update its core infrastructure to comply with HIPAA requirements. After an early pilot with Microsoft Azure failed, the company turned to VMware to migrate quickly to a more robust infrastructure. Using VMware vCloud Air, Creative Solutions in Healthcare gained the technology and control to achieve HIPAA certification and improve application availability while reducing the IT budget by one-third. The company has been able to extend its capabilities to the cloud and implemented a sophisticated electronic health record (EHR) system, including electronic prescriptions and online physician orders, to improve staff agility and patient care.
"We are adaptable, we are ready, we got a very flexible infrastructure with VMware vCloud Air where if we need to motion in a new workload, we can do that more rapidly than any other vendor that we have worked with."
“That’s why we chose VMware vCloud Air as our infrastructure provider partner because we are able to focus on our interaction with our business peers and not have to mind all of the servers and all of the infrastructure and the networking. And we have partnered up with the best organization we feel in the industry to deliver that."