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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

Cloudera

 

Cloudera ensures data availability and reliability with VMware vFabric Hyperic Cloudera is a technology start-up that provides enterprise-level products and services to users of Apache Hadoop, the popular open source implementation of MapReduce, a tool designed for in-depth analysis of very large data sets.

“If we didn’t have a monitoring tool like Hyperic, our engineers would most likely be the ones to tell us when a machine is down and that would mean significant changes to our uptime. We would go from the 4-9s that we get with Hyperic to 2-9s or even 1-9, depending on how long it took our engineers to tell us about issues.”

— Alex Loddengaard, Software Engineer

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

Dalet

 

Dalet Ensures Availability for Mission-Critical Customer Systems with VMware vFabric Hyperic. Dalet solutions enable broadcasters and media professionals to create, manage and distribute content to both traditional and new media channels, including interactive TV, the Web and mobile networks.

“The Dalet MAM is a mission-critical solution, and we need to monitor the entire system 24/7 … There is no way our customers can go off the air, so it is critical that we monitor all the components in real-time and use the information gained to react quickly when there are potential issues. Hyperic enables us to meet this requirement.”

— Raoul Cospen, Director of Marketing

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

Deutsche Telekom AG Commundo Tagungshotels

 

Challenges: Rollout for 50 PC seminar rooms with 132 desktops each at 8 hotel locations. Deployment of business-critical applications and software from a wide range of environments. Increasing demands on IT in provisioning the technical infrastructure. High security requirements. Observance of corporate compliance policies. Reduction in time, personnel and hardware costs. Increase flexibility for IT staff. Solution: Desktop virtualization with VMware View. Fat client desktops will be replaced with zero clients by June 30, 2012. VPN infrastructure will remain intact. Results: Time required for desktop deployment reduced by 84 percent. Installation time per seminar cut from 90 minutes to 10. Application and software rollout centralized and simplified. Standardized desktop environment.

"We no longer have to rely on on-site support from outside IT providers when performing rollouts. Using virtualized desktops, we can deploy applications and software packages from various environments very quickly from a central location. This has enabled us to significantly reduce our personnel costs."

— Jürgen Daust, Director Quality, Personnel, IV & IT, Commundo Tagungshotels, Deutsche Telekom AG

Dorado

 

Dorado Strengthens Customer Confidence in SaaS with VMware vFabric Hyperic

“Availability has gone up two-tenths of a percent – from 99.6% to 99.8% – over the last 12 months, which is when Hyperic was implemented.”

— Rob Carpenter, PhD, Chief Technology Officer

Dreher Sörgyárak Zrt.

 

Dreher used VMware ESX 3.5 to virtualize its server environment, and now upgrades it to vSphere 4.1 Version The benefits from the flexibility of the VMware environment have a noticeable effect on the performance of every day operation tasks: for example, using vMotion they can easily reshuffle the virtual machines between the hosts, and literally the business department does not even notice if any of the physical machines is shut down for maintenance. With VMware tools, 70 to 80 percent of the operation tasks can be managed in-house, with unchanged staff numbers, which leads to significant cost savings. Since 2009 Dreher Sörgyárak Zrt. switched to 24-hour operation, for which the continuous availability too was easier to maintain by using a VMware based server environment.

"Compared to our former costs of operation, the total cost of our virtualization project including the price of the new hardware and the license fees, was recovered in 18 months.".

— Ferenc Schüszterl, IT Services Manager, Dreher Sörgyárak Zrt.

EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne)

 

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is a Federal Institute of Technology based in Lausanne in Switzerland, they have over 9,000 students and 4,500 staff members. EPFL needed to design, implement and maintain a centralized virtual infrastructure to meet the needs of the entire school. They also needed to reduce total cost of ownership and lower power consumption. vCenter Operations has transformed the way their library storage requirements are supported enabling effective predictions for capacity and a hybrid cloud model has been adopted to provide the ability to extend their infrastructure into the public cloud. As well as a 33% reduction in TCO and 80% reduction in power consumption, EPFL have also experienced increased capacity and optimization through the effective management of their cloud infrastructure.

“We invested in vCenter Operations to support our large infrastructure of 500 VMs and 40 hosts. It has enabled us to predict capacity needs and to easily locate any performance issues.”

— Eric Krejci , Systems Specialist, EPFL

ESSEC Business School

 

To ensure homogeneity of a fleet composed of 1200 computers, integrate the devices of students and teachers (BYOD) and lighten the IT maintenance expenses. Virtualization of 500 workstations (soon 700 and ultimately 1500) with virtualization of applications to eliminate the conflicts. Provisioning of non-persistent environments (which eliminates profile management). Cross-device portability.

“An institution like ESSEC cannot escape the tidal wave of “Bring your Own Device!” Thanks to VMware, we were able to finally free ourselves from material constraints to offer our users access at any time, from anywhere and from all devices."

— Franck Polycarpe , Infrastructure Manager, Urbanism and Technical Architecture of IT, ESSEC.

ExecuJet Aviation Group

 

The ExecuJet Aviation Group is a global business aviation organisation, offering a diverse range of services, including aircraft sales, management and charter. ExecuJet runs four data centres in Johannesburg, Capetown, Zurich and Dubai that underpin the IT for the entire organisation. The South African data centre desperately needed to upgrade a large amount of legacy infrastructure, and the company decided to consolidate its server infrastructure using VMware. Following their successful server virtualisation project, the management team got fully behind the IT team to explore the benefits of implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure. They looked into a number of options, but due to our great experiences with VMware and the range of features on offer, they choose to implement VMware View. By using VMware View, ExecuJet employees are now able to run Windows 7 from any internet-enabled device.

“Dealing with highly discerning clients means we have to be at the cutting edge of service and innovation. Being able to use Windows 7 on tablet devices with the help of VMware View has drastically increased flexibility and improved working practices across the board - from sales executives to pilots to maintenance engineers, all of which helps us deliver the best service possible to our customers.”

— Pieter Steyn, Infrastructure Services Manager, South Africa and Nigeria, ExecuJet Aviation Group

Facilicom

 

Based on VMware vSphere, Facilicom virtualised almost all its servers, including the company-critical SAP systems. VMware offers Facilicom more control over the central server environment which supports all the operational applications.

“With VMware vSphere and vMotion it’s a lot easier to transfer or upgrade applications. Now everything happens more quickly and with less downtime. Distributing server loads is also easier. That’s really useful when deploying applications which need a lot of CPU power temporarily. We are also hardware-independent and the environment is scalable enough to keep growing.”

— Anton Harder, IT Architect Technology and Innovation, Facilicom

Funtank

 

VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server Delivers Seamless Server Upgrades And Management To Candystand.com

“Comparing the time between using ERS vs. doing everything ourselves, including downloading source and compiling different versions of Apache, Tomcat and everything else, ERS reduces our administrative time on application servers by 75%.”

— Constantin Koumouzelis, Vice President of Technology

Gruppo Zucchetti

 

The challenge was to overcome the limitations of physical infrastructure in a data center that had reached the limits of space and required electricity costs for maintenance. The company also wanted to provide its services as cloud. VMware vSphere allows all business-critical applications to run, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager provides security and reliability, while VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite simplifies IT activity.

"Our data center has always been a cost. In the last year, thanks to VMware, it's become a business. And everything seems to indicate that this will just keep getting better."

— Giorgio Mini, Vice-President of the Zucchetti Group

Hertz International

 

To improve operational efficiencies, Hertz International had a choice of either refreshing its existing infrastructure across its European locations at considerable expense, or implementing newer technologies. In addition to centralising the server estate, Hertz International wanted to simplify its complex desktop infrastructure, which constituted a considerable capital investment. Having over 4,000 PCs and laptops spread over 1,000 sites around Europe, upkeep and maintenance of these were real issue in terms of time, resource and cost. Following a review of the major offerings on the market, Hertz International decided to implement VMware View as it best suited the organisation’s needs and would easily integrate with its existing server virtualization infrastructure. It also made a decision to replace legacy desktop devices with zero client Wyse terminals.

“By virtualizing our server and desktop estate with VMware, we’ve cut costs, dramatically simplified our IT infrastructure and transformed how we support over 1000 desktops in our service centre in Dublin. We’re able to create and deliver even more innovative technology services to our users, while enhancing the experience we provide to our customers. The platform VMware has enabled us to build has given us extremely strong foundations to realise even greater benefits, as we add more and more services and extend the research of the programme internationally.”

— Paul Bermingham, Staff Vice President, Information Technology Services, Hertz International
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