Singapore Press Holdings
Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) needed to build a digital business that could complement its print portfolio. SPH turned to VMware virtualization to run key digital properties and help it develop applications to improve the efficiency of its newspaper business.
“Deploying VMware allows us to pool our resources and provide a highly available and robust infrastructure for our business applications.”
In this video, we hear from Sam Routledge, Solutions Director at Softcat, about how the solutions provider and reseller has been enabling its customers to move towards private and hybrid cloud and the Software-Defined Data Center with VMware.
"We work with VMware because they are really the standard in infrastructure virtualization. We had really really good times with them over the years. Our customers think it’s fantastic, the products rock solid, rarely any issues & by and large our customers just want to do more with VMware and with virtualization which is obviously great for us."
St Edmund’s College
St Edmund’s College needed to increase the efficiency and reliability of its IT estate, while enabling a new BYOD solution for pupils and teachers within the school. Using VMware software, the school has virtualized 95% of its servers and 70% of its desktop PCs, providing a new, central platform for managing IT.
“We’re really excited by what VMware’s technology has brought to St Edmund’s College. By giving pupils the opportunity to use their own devices, the children have become much more engaged within lessons and are able to experience new ways of working. Being able to access the school network from home or within the boarding houses is also allowing them to become more efficient and independent learners. Alongside this, we’ve also seen some significant cost and environmental savings for the school through increased energy efficiency and reduced maintenance costs.”
Stock Exchange of Thailand
The Stock Exchange of Thailand virtualized its testing and development platform to release new online securities trading services to market faster by adopting VMware vCloud Suite. As a result, SET has reduced development time for online services by 80% and doubled concurrent user capacity, helping it improve global competitiveness. Moreover, as a result of virtualization, the organizatoin has decreased data center energy consumption by 20% and data center space consumption by 60%.
Any downtime for our system can cause a major disruption to the market, so we chose a technology that we can trust. The features of the VMware solution, such as the ability to create high availability clusters that are safeguarded by Fault Tolerance, help our operations team to maintain the system and meet our service levels
Tata Consultancy Services
The IT Infrastructure Services division of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) provides Indian businesses access to infrastructure, applications and other resources from the cloud. By using VMware virtualization to power its India Cloud Platform, TCS can reduce customer costs by 30 percent, bring new customers on board in 20 days, and deliver minimum infrastructure availability of 99.9 percent and application availability of 99.5 percent."
"We went with VMware because of the abundance of skill and knowledge about the vendor’s virtualization technologies in the marketplace, and the fact no other product was as mature."
Telefonica are a leading integrated operator in the telecoms sector, providing communication, information and entertainment solutions. Operating in 25 countries, they have over 300 million customers. A Software Defined Data Centre approach has provided Telefonica with virtualized infrastructure services intelligence, to automate provisioning on demand. This integrated solution for hybrid cloud infrastructure simplifies the work of IT administrators while providing the best service level agreements for all applications.
"We selected VMware because we can cover the whole end-to-end solution, we are now able to fulfill all the different requirements from our customers."
Telefónica Global Solutions was under pressure to meet stringent SLAs, RPOs and RTOs by delivering business continuity for CSP – their mission-critical platform for leading enterprises and global organisations. VMware’s technology met all current requirements, while enabling future cloud extensibility on VMware products.
“With VMware solutions, we are able to guarantee services to our customers without compromising on performance or scalability.”
The Oberoi Group
The luxury hotel and tourism operator needed to improve returns on its technology assets. Implementing VMware Horizon View with VMware vSphere has reduced operating costs and enabled centralized control and maintenance of desktops and servers, while enabling employees to continue providing high-quality services to guests and corporate clients
"VMware Horizon View and VMware vSphere have improved our TCO by significantly extending the life span of client terminals in our hotels, and mimimizing the carbon footprint of our datacenter and end-user computing environment"
The Waddington Group
A rapidly expanding group of manufacturing companies, The Waddington Group met the challenge of growth by leveraging VMware vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) to reduce time integrating backend systems by 80%. In addition, vSphere Data Protection Advanced increased reliability of backup and disaster recovery systems.
“The organization has been crying out for quicker implementation of new applications. Using vSphere with Operations Management, we can bring up new virtual hosts and deploy applications much more rapidly than in the past.”
TiAuto (Pty) Ltd.
Full visibility, improved performance and ability to further sweat IT assets
TiAuto was looking for a system that would enable it to deploy a charge back functionality across all of its seven divisions. It needed a system that would give the IT team a view of what each department was running, how much hardware they were using and in short summarize if the systems / servers it had in place were in fact healthy. After rolling out vSOM, the company had an instant view of its some 120 virtual machines and the benefits to the business were immediate as the TiAuto IT department could instantly identify which machines hadn’t been provisioned properly as well as where there was fault or capacity in its systems which could then be optimized.
“vSOM has been fantastic for the business as we can now benefit from adding more virtual machines on what we already have as we can resize our existing environment without running the risk of oversizing the storage. From a management perspective IT can now provide our executive team a visual report that shows them exactly how much hardware we use across the group. It goes as granular as defining what each hardware component is doing and in turn we can justify what we need and can qualify each infrastructural investment.”
Times Internet Ltd
Times Internet, the digital content delivery organisation of Times India, embarked on an aggressive Private Cloud deployment to deliver an elastic, scalable and highly reactive IT infrastructure. 3 datacentres were consolidated to two, and 800 physical servers consolidated to 100 VMs, all within months. With over 30 million unique visits every month, the Times Internet cloud brings high availability to media and content distribution.
"Two of the reasons for cloud were elasticity and scale. On Times of India if there is big news, you will see traffic growth to about 200 to 300%. At that point in time, if you didn’t have elastic infrastructure, you would have trouble in scaling that operation."
Business Transformation at Tribune Media
Tribune Media has over 42 owned or operated TV Stations, WGN Cable, Gracenote for Entertainment Metadata and Tribune Movie Studios, and is one of the nation’s largest independent broadcasters. VMware has really helped Tribune Media stop the conversations around technology, focusing instead on the outcomes it needs to operate the business. Now they can concentrate on increasing security capabilities, decreasing costs and responding to customer needs faster. Tribune Media can grow the business and go after new markets, and that translates into more revenue per customer.
“VMware has been really critical to drive the fluidity back to the business. My head of engineering has literally a saying over his door. It says, ‘If we can’t automate it we don’t need it’. If we deploy an application in our infrastructure to automate processes, we give that time back. What ends up showing up to the business is our ability to do more projects and do them faster, cheaper and better.”
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”
Here, Sören Sandell, CIO at Vasakronan and Marcus Lindstedt, CEO of Excanto talk about Vasakronan’s journey of moving from a traditional office environment to an activity based offices and how Excanto helped in delivering their vision. In their new environment the individual is in the center, and through smart IT solutions that build on VMware vSphere and VMware View provides its employees the freedom to work whenever they want, wherever they want and on whichever device they choose, in a simple, accessible and secure IT environment.
Vlerick Business School
In this video, Tommy Van Roye from Vlerick Business School, outlines how he standardised their IT environment to run all of the virtual applications on vSphere 5.5. In the beginning lot of physical machines were still in place so they standardised 99% of all their servers to this platform. Currently they are looking at next steps of virtualization and exploring different types of cloud computing.
Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd
Leading passenger car manufacturer turns to VMware vSphere to run a business-supporting application required to build a car every two minutes. Implementing a virtualized infrastructure delivered the reliability and performance needed to ensure the application met the company’s business needs.
"With the implementation of a virtualized server infrastructure using VMware and a NetApp MetroCluster, VW India now has a reliable and scalable IT solution to support business operations."
WorldPay wanted to create a completely automated environment to help customers provision infrastructure in a fast-paced environment. The company has completely overhauled its IT infrastructure. A major element of this was deploying network virtualization from VMware. Its estate is now 100% virtual.
“In finance, time to market is of the essence. Our customers rely on us being able to provide them with applications and infrastructure to support their payments in the quickest timeframe. VMware’s network virtualization has been crucial in allowing us to not just be fast, but instant.”
Ziv Medical Center
Ziv Medical Center in Zefat previously had various distributed systems across the hospital and they wanted to unify them using a single solution which will be easy to manage, allow them to gain a unified view of all the systems simply and easily, and, of course, will be highly resilient. That's why they chose VMware View. The VMware view solution that they implemented at the zivMedical Center consists of two resilient storage systems that work in a cluster. This system caters for around 1,000 work stations. It's an environment that works as a 'Kiosk'. Their users enjoy a new work environment, a very fast one, with excellent response times. As a user logs in, he gets exactly what he needs. It's an environment that goes everywhere with him, it's dedicated to him - and roams with him. Doctors for example, may work in several different wards. They may finish work in one ward, log out, move to the next ward, log in - and receive a new environment that is adapted to their exact needs.
"The Ziv Medical Center in Zefat was founded roughly a century ago. It serves around 150,000 residents in the upper Galilee region, among them cities such as Karmiel, Kiryat Shmona, and Hatzor. This is the northernmost hospital in Israel and it therefore also often serves the IDF. They operate 1,000 PCs, 700 printers, and 80 servers, which are mostly VMware's. The vast majority of systems in the hospital are computerized. This includes labs, ORs, X Ray facilities, external infirmaries, hospital admissions, the trauma center and more. Our IT unit employs 11 people. One needs to understand that the systems we manage are life-supporting. These systems must be constantly up and running".
ASVZ heeft een grote groep ambulante medewerkers die bij de cliënt thuis toegang tot de applicaties moeten hebben, maar ook artsen die overal toegang tot de gegevens van cliënten moeten hebben. Dankzij desktopvirtualisatie van VMware met tweeweg-authenticatie hebben medewerkers overal toegang tot hun virtuele desktop. Hiermee heeft ASVZ het "any place, any time" en bijna "any device" gerealiseerd.
"Samen met onze partner hebben we binnen tien weken een productierijpe virtuele desktop omgeving opgezet. We hebben een zogenaamde ‘golden image’ ontwikkeld voor distributie en authenticatie. Hierdoor hebben medewerkers via hun desktop snel en veilig toegang tot de applicaties die zij voor hun werk nodig hebben."
Boekel De Nerée
Boekel De Nerée wilde haar serveromgeving consolideren om de hoeveelheid hardware terug te dringen. Op basis van VMware vSphere heeft Boekel De Nerée inmiddels 95 procent van de alle servers gevirtualiseerd, inclusief de bedrijfskritische systemen voor SAP, document management, SharePoint en mobiele apparatuur. Met VMware heeft het bedrijf meer grip op de centrale serveromgeving die alle bedrijfsapplicaties ondersteunt.
“Een belangrijk aspect van VMware is dat we nu onafhankelijk van hardware zijn, waardoor de flexibiliteit is toegenomen. Een nieuwe server inrichten is nu een kwestie van minuten. Voorheen duurde dit aanzienlijk langer. Capaciteit is dus ‘on-the-fly’ beschikbaar. Daarmee vergroten we de slagkracht van de IT-organisatie, maar belangrijker is dat we kernactiviteiten effectiever ondersteunen tegen lagere kosten.”