Exceptional reliability had to be part of the plan, however, when it came to virtualizing a number of customer-facing quality assurance (QA) and user-acceptance testing (UAT) applications. For this set of highly visible applications, Stratus ftServer systems and VMware Infrastructure 3 were chosen to assure the flawless operation the company sought.
"Stratus ftServer systems and VMware are an ideal mission critical combination."
Implemented VMware vSphere™ to run SAP ECC6 and the business applications that comprise the Microsoft Office server platform—Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server—at a centralized, co-location datacenter.
“VMware has enabled us to run our SAP enterprise resource planning systems and Microsoft Exchange Server email more cost-effectively, dynamically and reliably.”
EPAM centralised infrastructure management in the first phase of the development process aiming at the establishment of an IT environment that would adapt more flexibly to business requirements. In the second phase of the developments in the summer of 2006, EPAM Systems decided to virtualise the development and test environments established for the projects. Thanks to VMware-based virtualisation, we are able to set up the development environment of a starting project several magnitudes faster, just under 1 hour instead of several days or weeks. The other big advantage of virtualisation is that development managers can take a snapshot of the environment before testing a new version or service pack of the software under development or before verifying the version compatibility of a new database manager. EPAM in recent years has achieved two-digit growth in revenues and employed staffs - which are also reflected in the cost of IT.
„The snapshot function of VMware provides a high degree of security for development work. Using this system, it is faster and easier to test our software and we are able to provide an even higher standard of service to our customers. While our earlier infrastructure may have limited this process, our virtualised environment has become the drive behind our business.”
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.”
The competence gained during the implementation of VMware vSphere and the comments we have received from our customers, have enabled Ergomedia to launch public cloud services, based on the VMware vCloud Director. Limitations in Hyper-V drove them to choose VMware to deliver a cloud for their Microsoft Applications.
“In our computing cloud, we provide customers with access to Microsoft applications, but it's VMware who helped us guarantee the top availability and stability of the entire environment. The use of the VMware virtualization software improves and accelerates our work. We do not need to employ additional administrator although the number of virtual machine keeps on growing.”
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."
VMware Server Virtualization Enabled Essel Propack To Rapidly Deploy And Shut Down Multiple Machines On Fewer Physical Servers, Reducing Hardware Procurement Costs And Providing An Infrastructure Optimized To Meet Business Demand
"Looking at the x86 platform, no-one except VMware had a good track record. Other players did not have proven technologies."
Nuno Fernandes, IT Architect, eWorld Limited discusses how their customers truly appreciate the benefits of vCenter Operations Management, providing a really good bird’s eye view about what is happening on the whole datacentre in terms of resources, failures and what if scenario modelling. He also explains how being a VMware and HP partner helped them to grow as an organisation, being known and being very respected partner about integrated solutions in Malta.
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.”
eXimius N.V., a Thomson Reuters company
VMware vSphere 4.0 and VMware vMotion offer uninterrupted availability of IT applications, efficient IT management and generate savings on time, energy and costs.
“I have been monitoring technological developments in the area of virtualisation for some time. VMware was the first company, three years back, that was able to offer a fully-fledged virtualisation solution. I really do consider VMware as a forerunner and trendsetter in virtualisation.”
Experian demands constant innovation and nimble response to markets to maintain its profi tability and competitive edge. Its IT infrastructure team must support its developers’ eff orts to meet the business’ aggressive time-to-market requirements. A cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service model for Experian’s test and development environments will allow developers to quickly and fl exibly self-provision IT resources when they need them. Business Impact were: Provisioning times, already slashed from weeks to days through virtualization, now further cut to minutes; Developers can more easily collaborate; business units can leverage IT builds from other lines of business; Private cloud and VMware vShield security functionality ensure IT resources are controlled
“VMware vCloud technology will allow Experian to offer an internal, selfservice cloud to our development organization, leading to faster project turnaround and better levels of IT service.”
Extreme Networks Aims to Migrate Oracle ERP to VMware Platform Network solutions firm consolidates datacenters, progresses to Oracle and desktop virtualization
“Virtualization works well for us. We don’t shy away from virtualizing mission-critical applications, such as Oracle, in production as well as in test environments. VMware technology has proven itself.”
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.”
“The VMware TAM program is both profitable and beneficial for a large company such as Finanz Informatik. Through its detailed insight into a company, the TAM program can provide a better VMware-internal picture of the impact a problem is having on a customer.”
First Marblehead Corporation
First Marblehead Teams With VMware Professional Services To Migrate A Datacenter Without Lifting A Server
“VMware Professional Services helped us pull off a major Datacenter migration with a very lean team. The consultant who handled our engineering tasks contributed dozens of innovative ideas for solving problems and leveraging the VMware platform.”
Florida Atlantic University College of Engineering and Computer Science
Focus on Green IT Leads Innovative Engineering School to VMware Virtualized Desktop Environment
“Virtualization is the key to providing the most cost- and energy efficient IT environments, and VMware is the leader in virtualization. That’s why we chose it as a long-term partner for the College.”
Implement VMware Infrastructure 3.5 To Facilitate IT Management, Improve Application Performance And Availability, Enhance Disaster Recovery, And Reduce Server Hardware, Maintenance, And Energy Costs
“Anything with Cerner in the title is like throwing the ace of spades on the table. If anything goes wrong with these applications, people all over the organization start to yell and scream. Cerner software is part of the infrastructure that Florida Hospital spent 60 million dollars on, in order to provide a safer environment for our patients and to comply with rigorous HIPAA standards for ensuring the security and privacy of healthcare information. Our Cerner applications our hosted by Cerner, and the fact that they ESX servers speaks volumes about our faith in VMware.”
Foley & Lardner LLP
Global legal services leader Foley & Lardner LLP has adopted virtual desktops and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) innovation to enhance end-user productivity across their far-flung operations.
"The ease of mobility and some of the productivity gains [from VMware View] make a big difference. The quicker we can get access to people and information for our attorneys, no matter where they are and no matter what the device they're using, is really important today. That does provide some additional benefit for our attorneys, when it comes to delivering the best possible service we can to our clients."
French Fire Department
French Fire Department has been using VMware for past 7 years because of its flexibility and ease of use. Franck Sauve shares his experience working with VMware products to support for their mission critical operations. He explains how Horizon View has helped fire helpline operators to keep their systems working all the time, while, vCenter Operations manager has helped him to plan and provide directions on the budget spent and has simplified IT operations with hardware.
FrieslandCampina Hungária Zrt.
Targets set with regard to virtualisation • Increasing the availability of services • Improving the response times and effectivity of IT operations • Avoiding the need to increase the floor space rented in the data centre of the hosting service provider, establishing an in-house server room • Decreasing the costs of operation Results achieved with VMware’s solution • no shutdowns due to malfunction • maintenance and improvements without restricting the services • due to remote supervision, a smaller operational staff perform tasks • almost 80 virtual servers • 11 blade servers at two sites • 75 percent hardware resource utilization • hardware purchases decreased by 75 percent • cessation of data centre rentals • establishment of in-house server room with an investment return of three years
„The virtualisation solution of VMware proved to be an excellent choice in every respect. Since it was introduced, we had no shutdowns due to any malfunction, we have been able to perform developments during continuous service in a way transparent to the users, while our hardware procurements and operatings costs fell significantly.”