Queen’s University Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences Deploys VMware Virtual SAN Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solution to Speed Student and Faculty Access to Critical Applications
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University implemented VMware Horizon® desktop virtualization to enable access to critical applications. However, as the user base grew and applications became more resource-intensive, the existing storage solution couldn’t handle the increasing demand. Because of slowness accessing applications, students often sacrificed lab time. By replacing the overburdened storage infrastructure with the VMware Virtual SAN™ hyper-converged infrastructure solution, the university solved performance and capacity issues, while scaling storage cost-effectively.
“I was blown away with the implementation of VMware Virtual SAN and VDI. No single thing that we had done in the past had caused that extent of change from a user point of view.”
Southern States Cooperative
Southern States Cooperative Deploys Hundreds of Virtual Desktops with VMware in Less Than a Month
Southern States Cooperative wanted to standardize application delivery and centralize resource access for retail and agronomy locations along with field sales teams. Lacking a standardized method for deploying applications or monitoring point-of-sale activity in real-time, Southern States sought a virtualized platform capable of supporting more than 200 locations along with corporate office staff, without slowdown. Leveraging VMware Horizon® 6 Enterprise Edition, VMware Mirage™ and VMware App Volumes™, Southern States successfully deployed a fully virtualized solution in just one month with minimal resources.
“VMware Horizon has given us the ability to deliver software faster across our retail and sales teams. By being able to standardize our point-of-sale and information systems on a single platform, we're able to guarantee what the end user experience will feel like.”
ATS Automation Accelerates VDI Performance by 7x with VMware Virtual SAN at One-Fifth the Cost of Competing Solutions
ATS Automation wanted to expand their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) but found that doing so with their existing SAN would be cost prohibitive. By implementing VMware Virtual SAN™ to support their VMware Horizon® virtual desktop infrastructure, ATS was able to improve VDI performance by 7x, enabling remote workers to use demanding 3D CAD programs for the first time. Moreover, the cost for the solution was only one-fifth the cost of competitor offerings.
“From no one wanting to use VDI, we’ve evolved to now everyone wants it, and they are happy. It enabled our remote workers to do something they couldn’t reliably do before. It really improved their ability to work with performance-hungry apps.”
Delivering an innovative mobile-first working environment for Kingston University
Students and staff at Kingston University explain how, by using VMware technology, the university is able to provide a modern, efficient and highly flexible working environment for it students.
“Students expect the same level of technology they have at home. Horizon allows us to deliver the technology experience our students really need – IT is seen as an enabler in helping students, our main customers, to concentrate solely on their studies."
"I fully believe that Kingston University now offers one of the best IT services of any university within the UK – it’s something we’re immeasurably proud of and our IT service offerings now play a key role in our marketing and retention propositions.”
Node Africa leads Africa to be a ‘Cloud First’ continent – deploying a greenfield data centre infrastructure in six weeks
“The amount of money we have saved on networking equipment as a result of using NSX as the basis of our network has been amazing. We saved $10,000 on just our initial network infrastructure investment, that’s big for a green fields start-up.”
Poznań Science and Technology Park
Poznań Science and Technology Park’s customers enjoy their private cloud with pay-as-you-go billing
"VMware NSX, the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center, enables our customers to create, save, delete and restore virtual networks on demand, without reconfiguring the physical network. It also provides a better security model."
Accelerating processes and facilitating global collaboration
Siemens employees securely network internally from any user device without being impeded by schedules and time zones, which leads employees to engage in richer, more meaningful, real-time conversations.
Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum (Netherlands Maritime Museum)
National Maritime Museum reduces log-in times and energy consumption with VMware
The National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam holds the most important collection of historic maritime documents in the world. Its historic premises are also often rented for large-scale events. The Museum wanted to reduce its employees’ log-in times dramatically. In addition, they needed a solution that could specifically support the live streaming of large video files. Finally, the National Maritime Museum wanted to save energy, in order to comply with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) guidelines. VMware Horizon and UEM were the solution to these problems.
“Two departments depend substantially on multimedia. Now these staff can work easily with heavy applications, wherever they are and whatever device they are using. Everything also runs a lot faster.”
VMware Hyper-Converged technology Helps Baystate Health Provide a Higher Level of Care While Cutting IT Expenses
Baystate Health, one of the leading healthcare providers in the nation, must evolve continuously to offer the highest-quality care. To support this mission, Baystate embarked on an update of its entire IT infrastructure in 2014. It turned to VMware technology, specifically vSphere, Virtual SAN, NSX and Horizon to design and build a new virtualized data center, and to deploy 10,000 virtual desktops to allow clinicians and administrative personnel to access the corporate network while on the go.
“Based on the requirements of up-time, integration of all the different siloes and essentially the seamlessness of the architecture, VMware is, as far as we’re concerned, the proper choice – pretty much the most solid approach to hyperconvergence.”
OGL Computer Services
OGL Computer Uses VMware App Volumes Solution to Grow Services and Save Costs in Citrix Environment
Small to medium-size enterprises in the United Kingdom rely on OGL Computer for a range of cloud services, on-premises solutions, and IT support. But OGL’s launch of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) services was stymied by the overhead of its Citrix solution and the limited functionality of other VDI delivery technologies. By implementing the VMware App Volumes™ application management solution, OGL built a multitenant VDI environment that delivers an extensive range of applications to customers in real time, with full application functionality on any device. It also reduces OpEx and CapEx.
“A really big thing for us is that App Volumes gives all applications 100 percent functionality, just as if they were installed natively to the underlying OS. App Volumes delivers huge advantages in provisioning, ongoing support, and customer satisfaction.”
Clover School District
Clover School District Rejuvenates Aging Computer Labs with VMware Horizon and VMware Virtual SAN
Clover School District had all but abandoned its computer labs in favor of personal iPads and MacBook Air laptops for every student. Then the state of South Carolina announced new, mandatory Windows-based standards for online testing. Instead of a massive capital investment in new desktop PCs, the district opted for a virtual desktop environment based on the VMware Horizon® 6 platform, and a new hosting platform powered by VMware Virtual SAN™ hyperconverged storage. The results: Like-new desktop performance, a secure and compliant test environment, lower capital and operating costs, and a more resilient infrastructure.
"I am a huge fan of VSAN. Traditional SANs require a lot of babysitting, we noticed we had TBs of overprovisioned storage. With VSAN we were able to buy just what we need. We cut costs by 75% and don’t need to babysit storage anymore. System resiliency is great – VSAN allows the show to continue without disruption in case of hardware downtime."
Women's College Hospital
Women's College Hospital Gives Caregivers Fast, Reliable Clinical Information with EpicCare Ambulatory EMR and a VMware Private Cloud and VDI
Women's College Hospital was building a medical center to pioneer new ambulatory treatment practices. It needed an IT environment to make clinical information and systems easily accessible to caregivers. By launching a new EpicCare electronic medical records (EMR) solution on a VMware private cloud and delivering it to users through a VMware Horizon® 6 Standard Edition virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), the hospital cut data delivery times for clinicians and enabled its lean IT team to easily manage the environment.
"If your virtual infrastructure isn't rock solid, you're going to spend cycles trying to fix it. But that's the last thing on my mind with this environment. It is rock solid."
City Clinic Bulgaria
City Clinic taps VDI technology to save lives and cut costs
City Clinic implements an innovative cloud-based mobile telemedicine solution combining state-of-the-art medical instrumentation and proven virtual desktop technology from VMware to expand the reach and lower the cost of medical examination. Applications include disaster response, prevention programs, chronic condition monitoring, distributed first-contact care, home care and many more. City Clinic blazes the trail for both private and public healthcare organizations, gaining the ability to provide high quality care to more people, faster and cheaper – all at the same time – and with existing human resources.
“We were not interested in integrating many single-purpose, often proprietary solutions. Rather, we wanted to see an open platform enabling us to perform a multitude of medical examination procedures as well as tests remotely. That essentially meant having one solution integrating many medical instruments. We also stressed the need to tightly integrate remote examination with centralized, standards-based Electronic Medical Record systems. Without such integration, the solution would not be much of an improvement for our doctors’ productivity.”
VMware virtualization solutions help innovative businesses to evolve towards production automation and smart working
Whether it’s cans, boxes, tubes or capsules, supermarket shelves are constantly inundating us with colorful packaging and the brands they promote. To create and customize this packaging, industrial lithography techniques and special coatings have been developed for food containers, and the Metlac Group is a leading player in this industry, as well as one of the most important producers of coatings and inks for the internal protection and external decoration of all types of metal packaging.
“We have embraced the philosophy of virtualization and we are applying it at all levels, from server systems to messaging and collaboration applications, from management and production systems to the Mobility and BYOD”.
Dayton Superior Corporation
VMware Professional Services Helps Dayton Superior Achieve its Mobility Initiatives and Business Goals
Dayton Superior worked with VMware Professional Services to deploy virtual desktops via VMware Horizon™ 6 Enterprise Edition for greater mobility, productivity, customization, and reliability for its workforce.
“After bringing on VMware Professional Services, we were able to successfully implement the project. where it would have taken us weeks or months with internal resources.”
Seventy Seven Energy Inc. (77NRG)
Seventy Seven Energy Saved Millions by Building IT Infrastructure in Months with VMware Professional Services
VMware Professional Services helped 77NRG virtualize its desktops for anytime anywhere use for its employees including drilling sites, meeting its goals and avoiding penalty fees
"Because we were spun off from another organization, we had a very short time window to stand up our own infrastructure and begin delivering our own applications. With Horizon Air and VMware Professional Services, we were able to do that in just a few months."
Wachter Reduces Storage Costs, Improves Performance and Simplifies Administration with VMware Virtual SAN
Wachter, Inc. urgently needed more data storage for their VMware virtual environment at its Lenexa, Kansas headquarters. By replacing the existing server hardware with three new Cisco nodes, packed with 45TB of storage and running VMware Virtual SAN™ software, the company reduced the capital costs of storage, improved storage performance, simplified system administration, and accelerated IT response to new business requirements.
"Most of the traditional SAN options would have given us 15 to 20 terabytes at a cost of somewhere between $5 and $7 a gigabyte. With the new Cisco servers and Virtual SAN we got cost savings at the rate of 1/5th of the traditional SAN, with 45 terabytes that cost less than $1.50 a gigabyte. It was a massive difference."
VMware NSX Gives Baystate Health Security & Agility
Baystate Health found that VMware NSX is the model for healthcare networking, allowing them to be both highly secure and extremely agile in a rapidly changing environment.
“One of the things that NSX allows us to do right off the bat is multi-tenant operations. Without NSX, that becomes much more complex.”
Seventy Seven Energy Inc. (77NRG)
Seventy Seven Energy goes 100% cloud in only four months with VMware and AirWatch Solutions
In the volatile oil and gas industry, Seventy Seven Energy (77NRG) needed a virtualization solution that could scale quickly to support thousands of users under a tight deadline. With a small IT staff and limited resources, the company wanted a complete cloud-hosted solution. With a combined VMware Horizon® Air™, VMware vCloud® Air™ and AirWatch® Enterprise Mobility Management solution, 77NRG successfully delivered virtualized resources to 2,500 employees within just four months.
“VMware Horizon Air enables employees to access their desktop from any location, even at Grandma's house. I've had employees approach me to tell me how great it is that they can get home and start working exactly where they left off in the field. And they can use the same familiar desktop they have on other devices. This has been the key for users – they love it.”
University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen improves student study experience with any device, anywhere learning through VMware® Horizon™
The University of Aberdeen opted for VMware Horizon in order to improve the experience for its students and to establish a virtual desktop solution which provides them with the ability to access university applications and perform their studies from remote locations.
“Student satisfaction is very much at the heart of everything we do – and we’re always looking for ways to improve the services we can offer to them. We know that technology is more important to students than it ever has been before, so can play a crucial role in whether or not they enjoy their time here. Thanks to VMware Horizon, our students have technology that suits their needs, with the ability to study from anywhere and via the device of their choosing. We’re already getting great feedback in our internal student surveys and expect this to carry on through to external rankings, which ultimately will help to attract more students to come here – as well as the very best academics.”
“Students use a full range of devices at their disposal – iPads, iPhones, Laptops, Android Tablets. The VMwware solution has enabled them to do their learning at any time, from any place, anywhere. Previously they were limited to studying on campus, but now they have software that gives them access to everything in their own time so they can study anywhere they want to.”