Casablanca INT is a leading provider of internet, data and voice services for the Czech Republic. A recently launched Public Cloud project called the ‘BIG BLUE ONE’ using VMware vCloud technologies, has enabled them to react to customer needs by providing a range of services via a public cloud for ICT, internet, on-line projects and applications. Casablanca INT now has the ability to offer customers not wanting to invest in physical hardware, the services of a public cloud. They are able to lease unlimited computing output for their applications for as long as they choose.
“When selecting our partners, we do not settle for compromises. We want to work only with the best – stable companies that are leaders in their field. Use of VMware technology, with which we have only the best past experiences, was an absolute given.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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."
ADAC e.V., Europe’s Largest Automobile Insurance Association Completes Desktop Migration. With VMware Mirage it migrated 2,400 existing desktop PCs, including user installed applications, files, and profiles to new laptops in a time constrained, three week timeframe.
“With Mirage we had exactly the same IT environment on the PC, but were able to migrate over everything that made that desktop personal to our users... IT was able to separate the IT images on the desktop PCs from the user space — applications, files, and personalization. ”
Micro Inks Virtualizes Business-critical saP
and Microsoft exchange systems to Maintain
availability and Meet commercial targets.
Indian-headquartered ink business Micro Inks had run its
SAP and Microsoft Exchange systems on a physical server infrastructure with direct-attached storage. However, data corruption cost the company three days worth of plant operations. To stop a similar event occurring again, the
organization deployed VMware vSphere as part of a vBlock converged infrastructure, and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager to ensure fast, error-free disaster recovery.
Indian-headquartered ink business Micro Inks had run its SAP and Microsoft Exchange systems on a physical server infrastructure with direct-attached storage. However, data corruption cost the company three days worth of plant operations. To stop a similar event occurring again, the organization deployed VMware vSphere as part of a vBlock converged infrastructure, and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager to ensure fast, error-free disaster recovery.
MSC is a private shipping company, founded in 1970 it has grown rapidly to become the second largest shipping company in the world today. It operates 441 container ships transporting goods to customers around the world. When recently moving to new offices, MSC were faced with energy limitations set by the city and had to find a solution that would help them not only consume less energy but maintain the quality and efficiency their staff were used to. MSC chose VMware virtualization, this enabled them to easily set up the infrastructure required, providing an efficient and secure solution to all staff. VMware’s innovative technology has not only provided MSC with the energy efficiency they required but enabled a seamless, faster and safer solution to their end users.
"Users have really been thrilled... it is just quick and secure !"
CharterCARE Health Partners
CharterCARE Health Partners first implemented VMware virtualization technology for tactical reasons. The healthcare provider wanted to reduce its server footprint, improve its disaster-recovery capabilities and enable more-nimble scaling. Today, over 97 percent of the company’s applications are virtualized.
“VMware really is a strategic partner because it’s through VMware and its solutions that we can provide for disaster recovery and business continuity. We're also able to provision desktops through VMware View and provide for high availability for our most critical business applications such as our electronic medical healthcare record.”
Using VMware, insurance broker Myron Steves implemented a high-availability IT infrastructure and slashed costs across their business with the guidance and support of their local solution provider, SynchroNet.
"Our relationship with SynchroNet is strong because they provide awesome support. We have the expertise built in-house but there's some things that you just can't get to. They take it and solve it. The best thing about it is the planning, the insight. They're in the real world.”
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
Learn how Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre modernized its datacenter with a VMware vSphere environment, virtualizing critical and business applications while improving operational efficiency and agility for the long term.
“With VMware, we achieved a reliable, scalable, adaptable IT infrastructure. As a result, we’re not only running our own applications more efficiently, but now have a more robust and flexible environment for hosting applications for our partner hospitals.”
The University of Auckland
VMware virtualization enables the university to securely, efficiently and cost-effectively run business-critical Oracle databases and associated applications.
"The university has a strategic goal of implementing innovative technologies to provide a world-class teaching, learning and research environment. Migrating our Oracle database environment from the legacy Sun Fire E25K systems to VMware vSphere has supported this goal by delivering a fivefold improvement in performance for our customers, while reducing infrastructure acquisition costs.”
ABN AMRO N.V. Singapore
VMware vSphere enabled ABN AMRO Bank N.V. Singapore to consolidate 27 application environments, two separate email systems and two directory services, and automate disaster recovery processes between two datacenters.
“By running VMware virtualization based on Intel processor-based servers, we have avoided adding about 150 new physical servers at a cost of more than USD$600,000 and created a resilient virtual datacenter environment where we can cater for new business requirements.”
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.”
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.”
Germany’s ADAC e.V. is Europe’s largest automobile association with more than 18 million members using the company’s various services from roadside assistance to automobile insurance. ADAC decided to move several smaller offices into one main office location in Munich. This enabled them to introduce a new way for their employees to work. Employees now have the option to sit at any desk in any part of the building and can easily access their desktop wherever they are. VMware Mirage was selected as it was the only product with the ability to migrate all of the companies applications, application data, user data and operating system.
“We achieved a very smooth migration, 2.400 machines, 1,100 applications, we have the same look and feel as we did before and we did all this in only 3 weeks.”
Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
Discover how Acorda Therapeutics adopted VMware® virtualization technology to ensure its IT infrastructure is scalable and poised to support potentially rapid future growth.
"Committing to VMware virtualization technology gives us tremendous elasticity as a business, without an enormous up-front capital investment in hardware. It is a perfect fit for us.”
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.”
Cornerstone Community Bank
Cornerstone Community Bank chose VMware for its server virtualization and need for High Availability. Since using VMware the bank has experienced cost reduction in the purchase and maintenance of physical servers, and has implemented a disaster recovery plan that can be tailored to meet the ease-of-use but also scalability needs of a small IT staff.
“VMware is critical to our disaster recovery. It saves us many, many hours. At my previous place of employment, it took us about 12 to 14 hours to get a domain controller up in a disaster recovery test. With VMware, we're able to stand up our domain controller in about 4 hours.”