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ADAC e.V.

 

ADAC e.V., Europe’s Largest Automobile Insurance Association Completes Desktop Migration. With VMware Mirage it migrated 2,400 existing desktop PCs, including user installed applications, files, and profiles to new laptops in a time constrained, three week timeframe.

“With Mirage we had exactly the same IT environment on the PC, but were able to migrate over everything that made that desktop personal to our users... IT was able to separate the IT images on the desktop PCs from the user space — applications, files, and personalization. ”

— Stefan Brandstetter, IT Manager, ADAC e.V.

Atea

 

Atea chose VMware Socialcast to support bold new business targets and connect 6,500 employees across the Nordic region The implementation of SocialCast supports Atea’s aggressive growth strategy by making sure that their 6,500 employees can easily connect and learn, leveraging not only people skills but the organisation as a whole. It no longer matters which of the seven countries the employees are based or on what device they chose to work on.

“This is a completely different type of environment compared to the intranets which companies have been struggling with over the last couple of decades. Socialcast taps into peoples’ natural curiosity and need to communicate in a plain yet powerful way.”

— Henrik Arndt, CIO, Atea

Audionova

 

Virtual IT Platform foundation for faster growth at Audionova

VMware vSOM enables Audionova to make optimum use of its virtual platform and quickly adapt to new requirements. The company also uses VMware Horizon Mirage to roll out upgrades and new software to its 1,300 shops across Europe. Audionova now has a full understanding of its virtual environment and can therefore respond quickly to new developments. In addition to providing extra effciency, this approach also yields significant savings on hardware and management costs. Despite this central IT approach, the company is able to roll out software and updates for all of its shops in Europe in one go. This means that everyone within the organization is working with the latest version and that customers can rest assured the hearing tests are reliable and that their hearing aids are always optimally configured.

Bank Audi

 

Based in Beirut, Bank Audi is the leading commercial bank in Lebanon and one of the fastest growing banks in the region. With a sizable presence in Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, France, and Switzerland, Bank Audi offers a full range of products and services that cover commercial and corporate banking, retail and individual banking, on-line brokerage, private banking, and investment banking. Danny Dagher, CIO of Bank Audi talks about the IT challenges the bank faced prior to its IT transformation project. They wanted to be able to treat IT as a business, to enable the bank to grow, but to support continued growth and a diversifying mix of customers and banking services required greater agility. Their IT transformation happened in 2 phases, phase one was infrastructure transformation via virtualization and cloud automation and phase two was expansion of their virtualization and additional automated cloud operations capabilities. IT is now able to serve as a true service broker for business initiatives and has become a revenue generating entity.

“Our service delivery model now incorporates the key strategic elements from VMware. We can run our own business more efficiently, so we can help our constituents run their businesses more efficiently, with transparency over their costs and revenues. They can now accelerate their business initiatives, from launching new products to improving productivity.”

— Danny Dagher, Chief Information Officer

Biomni

 

Biomni has managed to transform the speed and agility with which it can meet customers’ needs by adopting VMware vCloud Air. It can now set up new environments, develop new features and improve client services more efficiently than ever before.

“To set up new test and development environments could take several days or even weeks, as it could involve purchasing, configuring and installing new hardware,” comments Angus. “We also, on occasion, had to move staff from existing projects to help with more urgent priorities, as setting up these environments could be labour-intensive. This was hugely disruptive for a small business.”

— Angus Gregory, CEO, Biomni

Bluefin Solutions

 

VMware vCloud Air is the first service Bluefin Solutions has come across that enables almost instantaneous transfers between two cloud environments. It will enable the consultancy to create a full hybrid model based on a technology they know and trust.

BT Global Services

 

Hear Phil Richards, CTO for BT Global Services talk about their need to focus on new technology capabilities to support their customers. BT has worked closely with VMware's Advisory Services and Professional Services Team with moving away from a legacy infrastructure to a new environment. They have not only created and modified their own internal estate, but now want to have the ability to provide their customers with a ‘software as a service’ model.

“We have moved to a modern infrastructure using VCE and BT. Next step is working out how our customers can recognise return on investment and benchmark it. We can already see the curve in a graph that basically shows return on their investment with faster to market.”

— Phil Richards, CTO for BT Global Services

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

Carisbrooke Shipping

 

Using VMware vCloud Air, Carisbrooke Shipping has found a way to consolidate its IT infrastructure to improve management and agility, while completely reducing its reliance on physical hardware.

Casablanca INT

 

Casablanca INT is a leading provider of internet, data and voice services for the Czech Republic. A recently launched Public Cloud project called the ‘BIG BLUE ONE’ using VMware vCloud technologies, has enabled them to react to customer needs by providing a range of services via a public cloud for ICT, internet, on-line projects and applications. Casablanca INT now has the ability to offer customers not wanting to invest in physical hardware, the services of a public cloud. They are able to lease unlimited computing output for their applications for as long as they choose.

“When selecting our partners, we do not settle for compromises. We want to work only with the best – stable companies that are leaders in their field. Use of VMware technology, with which we have only the best past experiences, was an absolute given.”

— Ing. Michal Mráz, CIO, Casablanca INT

Casablanca INT

 

Casablanca INT is a leading provider of internet, data and voice services for the Czech Republic. Due to the demands of an expanding business they needed to upgrade their existing email system. They needed a flexible, powerful and efficient solution. Company management began with a clear vision of the requirements – it was necessary to find an efficient solution, that could offer a wide range of auxiliary functions, that could be easily synchronized with mobile devices, and connect to other corporate systems. They chose VMware Zimbra, as it surpassed its competitors, not only in terms of functionality, but also in price.

“We searched for an e-mail solution that could satisfy our needs for advanced sharing of information and incorporation with other systems in our company. After a series of tests, we opted to use VMware Zimbra, which surpassed the competition not only in terms of functionality, but also thanks to its affordable price.”

— Ing. Michal Mráz, CIO, Casablanca INT

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

Cloud Business

 

Cloud Business is a fast growing cloud consultant software company based in the UK. They needed UK hosting for their customers and to provide a platform that would allow their business to grow significantly over the next 10 years. When they were looking for a cloud solution, they needed 3 things: enterprise class, the data to be hosted in the UK, and a predictable pricing model. The only provider that could guarantee all 3 services was VMware vCloud Air.

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

CMBI (Centre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics)

 

With the High Performance Computing cloud platform offers CMBI the flexibility to get started quickly calculating protein structures and scaling up indefinitely. Additional computing power is simple and immediately available. This saves the CMBI much time and money.

“Five years ago we would have needed servers across Europe for our calculations, but now this cloud platform suits our needs very well”.

— Professor Gert Vriend, Centre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics

ColiPoste

 

Extension of the SAP environment and creation of new financial applications to improve ColiPoste’s flexibility in management, operations and its analysis capacity.

“As SAP-based financial systems become more and more critical for companies like ColiPoste, helping us streamline management and reporting tasks, the underlying IT infrastructure has become just as vital. With VMware, we have built a high-performance, responsive infrastructure which is also secure”

— David Bizien, Director of Financial Information Systems at ColiPoste

Colt Technology Services

 

Gideon Wilkins, Director of Strategic Partner Management at Colt Technology Services, explains how they have been using a broad range of VMware solutions, including Horizon Suite and vCloud Suite. The leading technology and services company has improved operations internally, as well as its external offering to customers, with Colt being able to support desktop-as-a-service and virtual data centers for both enterprise partners and the channel. The Software-Defined Data Center, in conjunction with vCloud Datacenter, will enable Colt to offer a feature rich service to its customers.

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

Comverse

 

VMware Horizon Mirage provides Comverse with a complete backup solution, even for their remote employees.

"Due to many of our employees being located across the world, we needed to find a way to protect all of their data on their laptops. Mirage was the only solution that provides complete protection for all of our laptop information quickly and efficiently, while meeting our compliance needs".

— Haim Ziv, IT CTO Comverse

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
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