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.”
By running SAP on VMware vSphere, Infosys Limited lowered its costs by USD$200,000 per year, maintained application performance, and ensured the enterprise resource planning system was available to support business requirements. The decision has also enabled Infosys to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and consequently its impact on the environment.
“VMware vSphere enabled us to exceed customer expectations for on-demand compute resources, improved application availability and better disaster recovery capabilities.” Jitendra Sangharajka, Associate Vice President and Head, Enterprise Platform Management Group, Infosys Limited
Intela Keeps Consumers Engaged by Ensuring Online Performance with VMware vFabric tc Server. Intela is a performance-based lead generation and email marketing company based in London with its operational center in Boulder, Colorado.
“Setting up and bringing down server instances is easier with tc Server … and that increases our productivity.”
Intracom Telecom, capitalizing on its system integration and operation capabilities for ICT infrastructure, has strategically positioned itself as a leading regional Cloud Enabler. In accordance with its “best-of-breed” technology integration approach, Intracom selected VMware vCloud Suite and vCloud Automation Center Development Kit, and took just three months to build and go-to-market with three public cloud services: VMs, storage, and backup as a service. Now Intracom can use a single platform to manage all the systems required for its many cloud services, and its IT team has the tools needed to rapidly develop and deliver new custom cloud services without any professional services help, and quickly onboard new customers.
“VMware was better than any other vendor at providing the extensibility features required by both our engineering approach and business vision, enabling us to rapidly develop and deploy new cloud services.”
John Muir Health
VMware vFabric tc Server Streamlines Application Deployment. John Muir Health is a not-for-profit health care organization that includes two of the largest medical centers in Contra Costa County, California – the Walnut Creek and Concord campuses of John Muir Medical Center.
“With tc Server, we have a more reliable and maintainable deployment strategy and it takes a lot less time. In the past, having to restart Tomcat, we could easily spend 30 minutes to an hour just setting up an instance and getting it running. Now, with tc Server, it’s a few clicks, and it takes less than 15 minutes to get an application up and running.”
In 2010, KÜRT decided to offer its information security products also in the form of cloud-based services. The purpose of the project is to build a cloud which provides an advanced, scalable and secure environment for new and enhanced business services. Results achieved with VMware’s solution: 2-3 times less hardware compared to an infrastructure built on physical servers, less operators and less energy needed, Ready-made functions for ensuring the uninterrupted availability of services provided to customers, Ready-made functions for measuring service consumption and for supporting billing, High availability, cost-efficient implementation of a disaster recovery site, Quick self-service provisioning of, development and test environments, Efficient vendor support, advantageous partner program
“The services we are about to introduce also incorporate academic knowledge, and security will be at the core of our VMware-based cloud infrastructure and its operation. This is what sets us apart from other similar service providers.”
Minivegas was looking for flexible rendering capacity for their website www.firstcarstory.com to allow visitors to quickly create a personalized animated video. Within a short time a real-time online video-rendering solution in the cloud was developed. This high-performance environment is based on a physical infrastructure using VMware vSphere and vCloud products. The integration and control of the vCloud environment from the render infrastructure takes place via prefab vApps and VMware PowerCLI and the vCloud API. Payment based on consumption makes use of VMware Chargeback.
“With this VMware technology we were able to save a great deal of time on the project. Thanks to the application of the vApps we quickly had a working concept.”
Neos Ventures GmbH
IT solutions provider helps boost system performance and security for travel industry leader with vShield implementation .
“VMware’s vShield technology provides an excellent solution to the new security challenges faced by organisations, particularly as they make the move to the cloud. The successful implementation of vShield within our customer, a leading global travel industry player, has also provided us with a best practice case study for our business automation cloud strategy proposition.”
Newedge UK Financial Limited
Newedge delivers enhanced post-trading platform using VMware’s vFabric solution suite. vFabric solutions suite was used to create an agile architecture able to respond to increasing demands in a dynamically evolving marketplace.
“We have successfully implemented the most advanced posttrading platform of the clearing industry. VMware’s vFabric enables us to abstract technology from the business layer providing us with a consistent, global, multi-asset platform.”
Nexica needed a solution capable of accelerating the provisioning of new cloud services in order to offer the most customised service while retaining its simplified management and improved availability. Thanks to VMware's solutions, the company has been able to accelerate the provisioning of services, improve their management and integrate new models for supplying and invoicing these services by incorporating measurement of consumption into the invoicing system.
“Thanks to VMware's solutions, we have been able to accelerate the provisioning of services, optimise their management and improve their availability with a view to guaranteeing the maximum customization of our cloud services, and thus offering tailor-made solutions for our customers”.
VMware vFabric tc Server Helps NPC International Stay Connected to 1,200 Locations
“Application performance is considerably faster, since we moved to tc Server... We have been very happy with the performance – it is fantastic.”
Repsol needed to migrate its SAP application servers to a platform that allowed reduced deployment times, greater flexibility and reliability as well as cost reductions through virtualization, thereby fulfilling the company's internal policies for improving its management processes.
“Repsol has always been committed to IT innovation in order to offer the best possible service to its customers. The VMware solutions have provided flexibility, speed and solidity to the platform, and we have also been able to reduce costs thanks to improved hardware utilization”.
Claus-Henning Cappell, Program Lead for Strategic Innovation at SAP Global IT, and Petra Bernhoff, Global Program Manager Virtualization and Cloud Management at SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG outline the successful partnership between SAP and VMware. They also introduce SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management 1.0 which integrates into VMware Management Tools.
"I think we have a very good strategic partnership between VMware and SAP. In this partnership we have been able to rethink everything that is essential to the cloud. As a result we have a very deep integration between SAP and VMware's way of managing our infrastructure."
SEGA Europe Ltd.
Sega worked with VMware and COLT to create a hybrid cloud through which Sega could enjoy a secure environment to mirror builds from internal systems onto a compatible external public cloud. The business impacts were: greater consistency and control of Q&A testing; and quicker time-to-market for new games & versions.
“Moving to a VMware hybrid cloud infrastructure has enabled us to improve the efficiency of our testing processes, giving us more time to test our games and provide a higher quality product to our customers. The Colt vCloud solution allows us to manage our infrastructure availability and costs far more easily, allowing us to scale up capacity when needed and reduce when not, and operate in a far more cost efficient way.”
Comic Relief transforms donation handling for Sport Relief with VMware cloud technology. VMware vSphere provides a resilient system that can handle high volumes of web traffic. Hosting it in the cloud provides Comic Relief with the flexibility to scale up during peak time, and scale back during the rest of the year.
“The VMware-based cloud is the right solution for Comic Relief, allowing us the flexibility and scalability we need to support our complex payments platform. The vSphere technology provides a robust system that ensures 100 per cent reliability even when dealing with large and unpredictable levels of web traffic.”
Subaru of America, Inc. (www.firstcarstory.com)
To support the launch of the new 2012 Impreza, Subaru engaged marketing agency Carmichael Lynch to develop a revolutionary website to help drive their marketing campaign called firstcarstory.com it enables users to celebrate their first car experience and bring their story to life. By typing in the details, the site will automatically animate the story and provides the user with a personalised video that they could share through social media channels. A flexible rendering capacity was required to support the large numbers of visitors to their state of art real-time website. VMware Powered Service Provider Bitbrains was able to provide high performance computing nodes to help with simultaneous rendering. A hybrid cloud model based on VMware technology has provided a stable basis, within the first month the website had created over 10,000 animations. Videos are prepared and presented in less than 40 seconds.
“The campaign was very successful we had about 1.3 million visitors in the two months we were tracking media to it and we never had the site crash.”
University of Derby
The University of Derby wanted technology to improve the running of its IT estate, including its business critical applications running Oracle Databases. Having virtualized a number of smaller applications to start with by early 2012, the University of Derby decided to move its Oracle PeopleSoft applications across to its virtual infrastructure to help increase the efficiency and agility of services.
“We virtualised our most critical business applications with VMware and completely rely on it to keep them agile. We started virtualizing with VMware to save costs, but now it has become an absolutely crucial technology to support our current and future IT infrastructure”
University of Illinois
The University of Illinois identifies and solves issues with VMware vFabric tc Server. The University of Illinois is the premier public university in the state, operating campuses in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana Champaign.
“tc Server helps us reduce the number of potential problem sources and focus on the areas where the issue might exist, saving us hours on troubleshooting a problem.”
University of Zurich
The University of Zurich was considering modifications to its in-house infrastructure which would permit it to react to potential disruptions in the OLAT system with more agility. The solution focused on VMware vFabric tc Server, since it was critical for the migration that the integration be able to proceed problem-free. The operations team now has a central console for monitoring and management of the application server. As a result, potential problems can now be detected before they occur, so that timely action can be taken before users are impacted.
“VMware vFabric tc Server has significantly accelerated the deployment of new application servers, reducing time to market of new functionality.”
Vlingo Meets Critical Service-Level Agreements (SLAs) with VMware vFabric Hyperic. Vlingo, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the inventor of the mobile phone voice user interface.
“Hyperic helps us meet the SLAs and allows us to be more competitive. Our senior executives are more comfortable writing customer contracts with strong SLAs because we have Hyperic watching the environment and alerting us when there are problems.”