VMware Automation and DevOps Solutions at Columbia Sportswear
Founded in 1937, Columbia Sportswear is a family-owned business with thousands of employees and operations spread around the globe. With the mission to design and deliver authentic, outdoor, high-value products for active consumers of all ages, the company makes high-quality sportswear that keeps customers comfortable and protected, wherever their excursions take them.
VMware has given Columbia Sportswear the wonderful capability to reduce silos and to blur the lines between application developers and operations. The biggest challenge it faces in the retail space today is the ability to operate at the speed of business and remain nimble and agile for growth.
“As we go forward, we are really looking for application developers to think more like operations and our operations to think more like application developers. vRealize Automation has given us that capability to have those groups as well as security and other interested parties sit side by side to collaborate and to figure out what capabilities need to be brought online. And as those capabilities have been created in templates and blueprints, they can be re-used and actually handed off to those teams to for self-provisioning and management.”
Columbia Sportswear Transforms Business Operations with Cloud Management Platform
Columbia Sportswear is an innovative leader in the apparel and footwear space, providing products for outdoor, active lifestyles in over 100 countries around the world, through E-Com, direct-to-consumer and wholesale channels. Founded in 1937, a lot of who Columbia is comes directly from its matron Gert Boyle, reminding employees to try new things, to do things just a little bit better than before, and to represent Columbia as the global brand that it knows it can be.
Columbia’s technology solutions are on the bleeding edge to stay ahead of where the business is going—not react to it. Its global business transformation leveraging VMware’s Cloud Management Platform is successfully influencing the way Columbia does business.
“All of what we've been doing around global business transformation is getting ready for us to grow. Whether it's organic growth, adding a brand, or reaching out into new consumer markets, all are pushing what we do with technology, how we reach people, how we connect with them and how we respond to their needs.”
“We feel that the software defined data center and the next steps are going to be critical to long-term success, and cause improvements in our business on a constant basis and yet challenge our people to feel good about what they're delivering every day.”
Columbia Sportswear's software-defined data center is built on VMware technology:
Columbia Sportswear is enabling the business by letting the business decide what performance criteria they need, where they need their data hosted, and then to rapidly configure and deploy those resources using VMware vCloud Suite and the software-defined data center architecture. From an IT perspective, Columbia can determine the right fit for its business, and is empowered to make resource decisions based on what the business is asking—without having to go back to its business teams and explain architecture limitations. Columbia’s application resources are available as needed, anywhere in the world.
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”
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".
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."
CSS Corp embraces virtualization to provide market-leading technology support services
CSS Corp is a leading technology company supporting enterprise and consumer products, managing IT infrastructure (stand-alone, Cloud-or Mobile-enabled) and deploying networks. CSS Corp adopted VMware virtualization to expand its business services, maintain the performance and availability of applications that are key to generating revenue, and boost its internal efficiencies.
“I’ve been working with VMware for more than a decade now and it continues to be a leader in virtualization. Its products are very stable, and we have not had any support concerns – their team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides skilled, technical advice.”
DaiWa Capital Markets Hong Kong Limited
Daiwa Capital Markets Hong Kong had rapidly expanded its datacenter to host more than 500 physical servers, which was becoming increasingly difficult to manage. The company wanted to ensure high availability of its financial services applications and deliver a disaster recovery solution that would eliminate downtime. After considering solutions from Microsoft and Red Hat, the organization chose to work with VMware partners HP and Systex International to design and implement a virtual infrastructure using VMware vCenter Server 5.1 to provide centralized management for VMware vSphere 5.1 Enterprise Plus and high availability through vSphere vMotion.
"Through VMware we have achieved 80 percent utilization of server resources. This means we can run significantly more server resources without increasing energy consumption."
Partner testimonial as to how effectively the VOA assesments tool worked for their customers, providing quantifiable results on how much it has saved its customers.
Some typical feedback we got was that the customers saw that the SQL DBA insists on more memory, whereas VOA clearly indicated that they are not even using a quarter of that memory. It quickly highlighted to us what the root cause of performance problems were.
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.”
Deutsche Telekom MNC realised it needed a software based solution for an improved Service Quality Management in order to ensure transparency in operator’s performance and provide high visibility for customers. They therefore decided to implement a system based on VMware’s IT Business Management Suite (ITBM).
“Our goals – higher efficiency and web-based reporting portal – could fully be reached with the implementation of VMware ITBM.”
Diákhitel Központ Zrt.
Student Loan Direct is an easy-to-use, user-friendly portal that also provides help and information functions. It enables users to create correct and properly completed documents required for the loan process. They can complete their loan applications and data update forms, view their loan agreements, balances, and repayment history, exchange messages with the Student Loan Center, and communicate using this channel instead of postal mail. The launch of the Student Loan Direct is a success story: 50 percent of all new loan applications already arrived through the portal started in September 2011. Since the virtualization of Student Loan Center, there were no unplanned server downtimes, and the server room requires less cooling and energy. The fault tolerance of the VMware-based environment, tested before implementing the Student Loan Direct portal, showed that operation continuity can be ensured if combined with regular data backups. The introduction of 7x24 service availability requires setting up a backup data center that Student Loan Center will implement using VMware’s disaster recovery solution.
"Using VMware's virtualization solution, we have set up a server environment with high-availability and load balancing to serve our Student Loan Direct portal. So our customers can rely on our services around the clock, 7 days a week."
EASY BUY, Thailand’s Leading Provider of Consumer Financial Services, Revolutionizes IT Infrastructure to Optimize Customer Services Delivery
EASY BUY leveraged VMware’s virtual desktops by deploying VMware® Horizon™ Enterprise Edition to enhance enterprise mobility and customer service delivery. The company also selected VMware vCloud® Suite to centralize IT infrastructure in order to better manage IT systems with fewer resources, reduce costs, increase reliability and disaster recovery capabilities while delivering ITaaS. The new software-defined IT model streamlined EASY BUY’s infrastructure and processes ensuring business continuity at a much lower cost. With the deployment of VMware’s solutions, EASY BUY’s annual operational cost was reduced by 20 million Baht.
“VMware technology is easy to deploy and seamlessly compatible with our existing infrastructure. Moreover, over 1,600 of our call center sta¬ff can work with higher agility. The work is centralized which significantly reduces complexities and streamlines management.”
EMC Corporation Consulting and IT Services for Life Sciences
EMC Documentum for Life Sciences Regains Its Competitive Edge with VMware vCloud Air
The EMC Documentum for Life Sciences sales force could not always effectively compete, because it took them several weeks to deploy a proof of concept while it took their competitors much less time. In addition, EMC sales engineers had to spend valuable time creating and managing demos. By hosting the EMC Documentum for Life Sciences solution on VMware vCloud® AirTM, EMC now creates and deploys their demo and proofs of concept environments in just a few minutes, and offers tighter security and better performance, both competitive differentiators.
EMC Documentum for Life Sciences helps accelerate product discovery and development. It streamlines and secures information and provides a flexible, secure, powerful and automated information infrastructure essential to speed processes governing research, clinical trials and GMP while reducing cost and complexity. The solutions consist of modules for research and development, clinical trials, regulatory submissions, and manufacturing to provide critical compliance with various global governmental oversight entities such as the FDA. EMC Documentum is the industry standard for regulated document management with more than 75 percent of leading life sciences enterprises relying on EMC Documentum solutions.
"VMware vCloud Air levels the playing field, making EMC as agile as our competitors. We simply can’t compete without it."
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.”
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.”
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.
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Frimley Park Hospital has virtualized all of its A&E department desktops using VMware View technology, creating a secure and easy to manage unified system, which has resulted in time savings and a drop in energy bills.
“We pride ourselves in providing our patients with the best possible care and so keeping abreast of the latest innovations and developments is vital to our success. When we virtualised our ED department’s desktops we freed up the IT team’s and clinical staff’s time, paved the way for major energy savings and improved security across the board”
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."