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. ”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
California Natural Resources Agency
California Natural Resource Agency (CNRA) and VMware vCloud Air
As the world’s eighth largest economy with the largest parks system and the largest water delivery system in the United States, California is more like a small country than a state. Managing California’s precious resources—from its coastlines to its parks, fish, wildlife, energy sources, and water— is the responsibility of the 30 organizations of the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA). They depend on real-time data and system access to make decisions and respond quickly to disasters like flood, fire, drought, and earthquakes. CNRA’s mission is to restore, protect and manage the state's natural, historical and cultural resources for current and future generations. This responsibility impacts not only the people of California, but people around the world.
The goal of CNRA’s IT organization is to provide timely information and services to their departments so that they can operate at the speed of business without technology being a constraint.
CNRA is currently using VCloud Air VPC and vCloud Air Disaster Recovery as a service for their critical applications such as Fire, water, waste, etc., but also for their department tenants within their data center. They are putting out their critical tier one through three applications in the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery as a service area for protection and front-ending that with the vCloud Air offering to run their core applications.
“Our experience with VMware vCloud Air has been great. We have actually worked with some great technicians at VMware who helped us onboard the service, who helped us get everything set up and be up and running and getting the plumbing for all of our applications and test it out and make sure that it all runs fine. It’s one of those things that we found pretty painless and I would recommend it to just about anybody and any company.”
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 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.”
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.”
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.”
Clear Tec Solutions
IT Transformation at Clear Tec Solutions
Clear Tec Solutions is an IT developer, administrator, and seller of care management and third party administration computer systems. The company includes: CHS (Community health Solutions of America), Premier Administrative Solutions, People Premier, Clear Procession Solutions, BenComp Financial Services, Consensus, Premier Real Estate Holdings and Business Insurance.
As part of its commitment to delivering outstanding solutions to their customers, they decided to shift their technology to the cloud (SaaS). This means no more hardware and greater flexibility in providing their customers with the tools to better care for patients and improve operations. Across all their companies, Clear Tec hopes to that by the end of the year, they will have more than 6 of their companies fully on-boarded and using their cloud solution.
The IT team is using vCloud Air Dedicated Cloud to extend their own data center, get multiple virtual centers for each of the business units and have the ability to move their workloads especially key apps on premises and off premises as they choose. VMware cloud has helped them focus IT on delivering applications that the business and their patients need. It has changed how the companies think about expanding the business to be more than just 8 which is a solid IT foundation for future growth.
"VMware vCloud Air is very important to us right now. With us being new in the market and trying to get into the market space very quickly, vCloud Air provides us the ability to stand up environments very quickly. VMware vCloud Air gives us the ability just to be able to snapshot our environment, roll it out and instead of months or weeks of having to build equipment, we can be live in 2-3 days with the environment we have currently built. To the customers the vCloud Air is important to them, because from the time we go from an RFP to implementation most of the turn-around are less than a month.”
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.”
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.