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VIF International Education

 

VIF International Education Runs its Global Learning Platform Three Times Faster with VMware vCloud Air

VIF International Education, headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, provides an exchange program for international educators who want to teach in the United States, and offers educational programs and resources to develop global citizens. When usage for its Learning Center platform grew from 1,500 to more than 8,000 users in one year, the platform experienced outages and bandwidth issues that impacted the user experience. By migrating to vCloud Air, the platform has 99.999 percent availability, providing a consistent experience for teachers, while using only one-third of the compute resources as the on-premises facilities.

“The fact that vCloud Air allows me to use the same vSphere interface to manage both our internal servers and our systems in the cloud just makes life a whole lot easier. I don’t have to learn a new system and a new interface. Even better, I don’t have to teach it to anyone else.”

— Mark Haney, Senior Systems Engineer, VIF International Education

Buffalo Public Schools

 

Buffalo Public Schools Delivers Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device Access to Coursework with a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) was challenged by aging personal computers, out-of-date software, insufficient device access, and an inconsistent user experience across its campuses and classrooms. Many existing computers were slow to boot, required constant maintenance, and were difficult to upgrade. With a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) based on VMware Horizon®, BPS students and teachers now enjoy powerful, personalized workspaces and the latest software tools, consistently available at any time, in any location, on any device.

“With the BPS desktop, our students can now continue working on their projects at home, at their own pace, or in groups with their friends. It’s available to them 24 hours a day.”

—Carmen Robles, Instructional Technology Coach, Buffalo Public Schools

"Our plan is to have BPS desktop installed in every computer lab and on every desktop in all of our campuses and administrative offices.”

— Bill Russo, Director of Instructional Technology, Buffalo Public Schools

Audionova

 

Virtual IT Platform foundation for faster growth at Audionova

VMware vSOM enables Audionova to make optimum use of its virtual platform and quickly adapt to new requirements. The company also uses VMware Horizon Mirage to roll out upgrades and new software to its 1,300 shops across Europe. Audionova now has a full understanding of its virtual environment and can therefore respond quickly to new developments. In addition to providing extra effciency, this approach also yields significant savings on hardware and management costs. Despite this central IT approach, the company is able to roll out software and updates for all of its shops in Europe in one go. This means that everyone within the organization is working with the latest version and that customers can rest assured the hearing tests are reliable and that their hearing aids are always optimally configured.

The VMware VMworld Mobile App

 

VMworld Connects, Engages, and Impresses Conference Attendees with a Next-Generation Mobile App

The VMworld organizing team wanted a best in class mobile app that would enable the best possible experience for conference attendees. They wanted an app that would set new benchmarks for ease of information access, personalized communication, real-time content delivery, and user engagement. The app also needed to be radically scalable, secure, and easy to integrate with on-premises corporate information systems and cloud-based services. Raw Engineering met the challenge by building a new mobile app with its built-io mobile backend-as-a-service platform and the VMware® vCloud® Air™ platform.

“@TheBurdweiser – The #VMworld #VMworld2014 mobile app is great this year! Very easy to navigate.
@craigeherring – #vmworld nice vmworld app!
@Hekl – Loving the #VMworld14 app! Fantastic for keeping track of all the events happening! #nolimits
@JULIAN_WOOD – The #VMworld app has a Twitter client embedded that prepopulates tweets with #vmworld. Cool!
@HANSDELEENHEER – #vmworldselfie hahaha (taken from within #VMworld iOS app) http://t.co/ZOe4jvAMNd
@AmyJordana – Lovin the #VMworld mobile app! T-minus 2 days til lift off! #tradeshowlife
@PeteAtLTG – @VMworld app looks much improved this year. “

— Customer Tweets, VMworld 2014

VIF International Education

 

VMware vCloud Air at VIF International Education

VIF International Education, headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, provides an exchange program for international educators who want to teach in the United States, and offers educational programs and resources to develop global citizens. When usage for its Learning Center platform grew from 1,500 to more than 8,000 users in one year, the platform experienced outages and bandwidth issues that impacted the user experience. By migrating to vCloud Air, the platform has 99.999 percent availability, providing a consistent experience for teachers, while using only one-third of the compute resources as the on-premises facilities.

“Our goal is to provide International education and experience s to students everywhere regardless of their background or location and to do this, we need to find very scalable programs that we can build that can expand broadly across large territories and school districts and countries and to connect these students with teachers all around the world in a way that is scalable, user friendly and efficient and cost effective and we have to have a partner that can grow with us and that’s why we are excited about our partnership with VMware.”

— Mark Haney, Senior Systems Engineer, VIF International Education

Karunya University

 

University in India delivers virtual desktop infrastructure to attract the brightest and the best students, and to succeed in a competitive market

Karunya University is a fully residential university located at Siruvani in southern India, close to the city of Coimbatore. It serves around 8,000 students and has a teaching faculty of more than 450, and around 250 members of staff. The university is best known for its engineering, management and science-based study programs and offers undergraduate courses as well as postgraduate and PhD level tuition. The university is meeting students' IT expectations and has successfully reduced desktop infrastructure management by adoption VMware Horizon.

“Karunya University can continue to develop and attract some our country’s brightest students safe in the knowledge that we have a scalable and reliable VDI from VMware, to meet their needs.”

— A.J Jeys, Chief Technology Officer, Karunya University

Transact Payment System

 

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery is Changing how VMware Customers do Business

Have you ever wondered how a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy could be implemented in the cloud? What applications can you protect in the cloud? Can you simplify your environment at a lower cost? What are the core benefits achieved as a result of implementing disaster recovery in the cloud, verses an on-premises solution? On March 25th, 2015 8.00 am PST, we hosted a Google+ Hangout event featuring VMware experts and our customers as they provide a technical deep-dive into the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery service. They shared some of the challenges they faced as well as best practices for solutions to those challenges and ways the service has helped their various businesses.

“The cost difference between doing it yourself versus hosting it on VMware was really something that was attractive to us. And it only took us about six months from the day I joined The Hut Group to the day that we were able to stand up and test a fully functioning website. We never failed a production but we were able to replicate the full production databases out of the full production website and to do that within 6 months makes me feel very good but it also gave the executives comfort that they knew that we now had a solution which would be useful and known when we came to have a disaster.”

— Schalk vd Merwe, IT Director, The Hut Group

The Hut Group

 

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery is Changing how VMware Customers do Business

Have you ever wondered how a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy could be implemented in the cloud? What applications can you protect in the cloud? Can you simplify your environment at a lower cost? What are the core benefits achieved as a result of implementing disaster recovery in the cloud, verses an on-premises solution? On March 25th, 2015 8.00 am PST, we hosted a Google+ Hangout event featuring VMware experts and our customers as they provide a technical deep-dive into the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery service. They shared some of the challenges they faced as well as best practices for solutions to those challenges and ways the service has helped their various businesses.

“The cost difference between doing it yourself versus hosting it on VMware was really something that was attractive to us. And it only took us about six months from the day I joined The Hut Group to the day that we were able to stand up and test a fully functioning website. We never failed a production but we were able to replicate the full production databases out of the full production website and to do that within 6 months makes me feel very good but it also gave the executives comfort that they knew that we now had a solution which would be useful and known when we came to have a disaster.”

— Schalk vd Merwe, IT Director, The Hut Group

California Natural Resources Agency

 

California Natural Resources Agency Gains Agility Across Multiple Agencies Through a Software-Defined Data Center Strategy

A Briefings Direct podcast on how a large state agency is harnessing virtualization to do more with less and remain agile and efficient.

“We consider VMware a strategic partner. We basically only want to work with business partners. We don’t want to work with vendors, because we don’t need someone to sell us something and walk away. VMware has been hand-in-hand with us for this whole journey.”

“From looking at VMware, virtualization is the standard. If you don’t take it on, then you really won’t be able to respond to business needs. When the official IT organization becomes obsolete, there are going to be ad-hoc IT organizations and those would become the norm. If you want to be relevant, you have to use every tool set that you can to provide the business needs.”

— Michael Hom, Data Center Chief in the IT InfrastructureServices Branch for the California Department of Water Resources

Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support

 

Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support increases GP productivity and enhances patient care with VMware® Horizon™ 6

Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support (YHCS) is a key driver of innovation across GP surgeries and health centres throughout the region. YHCS wanted to provide greater flexibility for GPs and clinicians to enhance both patient and GP experience. The YHCS IT team chose VMware Horizon 6 to deliver Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the ability for GPs to access clinical applications from any location. The solution has transformed patient experience and GPs’ work/life balance whilst reducing the cost of desktop PCs.

“VMware Horizon 6 has been transformative on many levels. Enabling our GPs to access applications from any internet connected device means they can treat patients from the comfort of their own home, with the same speed and efficiency as if they were in the surgery.”

— Melanie Daly, Enterprise Architecture and Innovation, Yorkshire & Humber

Kingston University

 

Kingston University to transform student learning experience with mobile working and BYOD using VMware® Horizon™ 6 and Atlantis

As part of a campaign to position itself as the university of choice for today’s increasingly tech-savvy market, Kingston University is now using VMware Horizon 6 to transform the way IT services are delivered to its students and staff members. By allowing access to course materials and graphic intensive applications remotely and from any device, Kingston University has allowed its staff and students to work and study in the way which best suits them.

Additionally, the university has been able to manage its 7,000 physical desktops from a central management console, drastically cutting the time it takes to provide software updates including major operating system upgrades (Windows XP to Windows 7), bug fixes, repairs and full system recovery. The IT team is also able to start-up and recover individual desktops in less than a quarter of the time previously taken, enabling Kingston to devote IT resources towards innovative new projects. This VDI environment is supported by Atlantis’ virtualized storage solution, ILIO to ensure optimum performance of the virtual PCs.

“Technology is absolutely essential for both attracting students and ensuring they have the best academic experience. We strongly believe that universities have to constantly evolve their entire technology offering - from infrastructure and networking, to the applications they make available and how they are accessed - if they are going to remain competitive and meet the expectations of new and prospective students. VMware Horizon 6 allows us to give students the freedom to work from any location – whether that is on campus or at home – while still being able to access their university desktop, complete with all the applications they need for their course. With VMware Horizon, I believe Kingston University offers one of the country’s most complete and compelling access to learning environments in the UK.”

— Simon Harrison, CIO, Kingston University

Fastweb

 

Fastweb taps into new market opportunities, achieving 100% ROI within the first year while reducing the Total Cost of Ownership of Virtual Desktops with VMware Horizon Air

With revenues in excess of €1.5m and nearly two million customers, Fastweb is the largest alternative operator of fixed-line telecommunications and ICT solutions in Italy. Fastweb delivers business value added services such as cloud computing, security and converging communications to residential and business customers.

“Previously, when a customer asked for virtual desktops, we would need to set up their own physical infrastructure and configure the necessary software, which was very costly and time intensive; so much so that many SMBs could not see the financial advantage of virtual desktops. However by delivering through VMware Horizon Air we can provide desktops ‘on-demand’ with businesses only paying for what they need and when they need it. Multi-tenancy is a must for successful cloud delivery and partnering with VMware therefore became essential to achieving this.”

— Matteo Frare Barutti, ICT Solutions Architect, Fastweb

DIRECTV

 

DIRECTV leverages Socialcast to boost productivity and accelerate innovation

The DIRECTV Latin America leadership team wanted a way to break down geographical communication barriers and facilitate information sharing across the region. Socialcast made it easier to share best practices, find answers fast, and align executives and employees.

“I find Socialcast to be a highly effective communication tool for a global workforce.”

— Jacopo Bracco, President DIRECTV PanAmericana

Nederlands Herseninstituut

 

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience(NIN) offers students stable and flexible workstations with Horizon (with View)

Desktop virtualization based on Horizon (with View) offers students who are working temporarily at the institution a stable and flexible workstation. They have access to complete functionality for data analysis, research and producing reports. At the same time the environment can easily be managed centrally using an image, so that installation and updates are rolled out centrally. Automatic replication of servers using Site Recovery Manager (SRM) also o¬ffers the institution easy and reliable contingency fallback. In the case of disaster, research can quickly be resumed from different locations.

“We now offer students 40 complete workstations they may freely use. Managing them has been set up centrally based on one image. So we can implement changes and updates quickly, and remotely”

— Adriaan Klop, IT manager

Kent County Council

 

Kent County Council set to save over £2.5 million while fast tracking XP migration with VMware

By moving to a virtualized desktop environment with VMware, Kent County Council is able to rapidly accelerate the migration of its 4,000 devices away from Microsoft XP – saving over £560,000 in the process and causing minimal disruption to staff. Its new virtual desktop environment is enabling the council to reduce IT management overheads, deploy zero clients and lower powered machines and save over £2 million on hardware over the next three years. The roll out is also providing new levels of mobility, flexibility, security and integration across different departments, which delivers an enhanced service to the Kent community.

"VMware Horizon Suite will save us more than £2 million on hardware over the next three years through zero clients and lower powered machines; plus £160,000 in software rationalisation; and £560,000 in saved technician time for our Windows XP migration, and critically freeing our IT staff for more strategic work – such as management and web services - to enhance the all-round customer experience for the local community."

— Glen Larkin, Lead Technical Architect, Kent County Council

Deutsche Telekom

 

The Flexible Cloud-Based Workplace

Telecommunication providers face an increasing need to enter new markets in order to remain competitive. The Deutsche Telekom Germany has set itself the goal to act as a more powerful IT provider for small and medium-sized businesses. With VMware, as a long-term technology partner, has helped to develop an innovative cloud workplace solution for medium-sized enterprises. Managed Workplace is based on VMware Horizon DaaS and allows employees to quickly and easily work in a familiar environment and access to corporate data. The new collaboration was not only an innovative workplace solutions to be put on the market, but also the partnership with VMware are increasingly strengthened - for both companies a win-win situation.

“For many clients, we are already the logical, on-site partner for voice communication. This is precisely what we wish to achieve for the IT sector and consequently, for cloud services. Unlike our competitors, we accept end-to-end responsibility for all of our products. We provide the applications, run them in highly secure, ISO-certified data centres in Germany, and handle service and invoicing. Furthermore, we provide our customers with the desired network connection upon request.”

— Dirk Backofen, Director of Business Customer Marketing, Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Flushing Bank

 

Flushing Bank Enhances Security and Modernizes Branch Banking with VMware Horizon

Flushing Bank leverages VMware virtual desktops to address one of the most important challenges in banking today – ensuring customer data is as secure as possible.

"VMware was the key to resolving our security concerns with desktops. Our experience has been positive and we’re looking forward to more deployments with VMware."

— Alex Gellerman, Vice President, Systems Infrastructure, Flushing Bank

Menlo College

 

Menlo College Leverages VMware Horizon Desktop Virtualization to Support Multiple Use Cases

Menlo College, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, uses VMware Horizon virtual desktops for a variety of use cases including supporting computer labs, classroom instruction, financial administration, recruiting, and on-boarding new faculty and staff.

"VMware has clearly made a strong investment in education. I think VMware virtual desktops can be very powerful within institutions of any size."

— Allan Chen, CIO, Menlo College

Royal Academy of Music

 

The Royal Academy of Music (RAM) needed to reduce its IT spending and the management burden of its physical IT estate, while providing more flexible ways of working for students and staff and freeing up more space for music practice and tutoring. The Royal Academy of Music selected VMware Horizon View and VMware vSphere to virtualize its servers and desktop PCs.

“Space is of a premium at the Royal Academy of Music, so we were under huge pressure to reduce the amount of space we were using for IT. Using VMware’s Horizon View was the obvious solution. The technology has had an instant impact and by virtualizing our desktop PCs, we have been able to free up two music rooms – 212 hours a week of practice and tuition time for our musicians - while allowing flexible working for staff and students and reducing our IT hardware bill by over £50k. The combination of a server and desktop virtualization project has also freed up a tremendous amount of time to focus on more strategic IT projects rather than hardware and software maintenance and troubleshooting.”

— Duncan Malthouse-Hobbs, Head of Technology, Royal Academy of Music

Region Hovedstaden

 

VMware Professional Services to Bring Virtualization to Danish Health Care System. Working closely with a VMware Technical Account Manager, the region is making effective use of VMware Horizon View to support 25,000 clinicians. Region H had used VMware server solutions for several years, and they wanted to extend the benefits of virtualization out into the organization with a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). In particular, it wanted to give its 25,000 clinicians—who are on the front line of delivering care— fast, easy, and secure access to the IT systems they need to do their jobs. To do so, Region H decided to implement VMware Horizon View for desktop virtualization.

“The TAM felt like someone who was very much ‘our man’ and looked at things from our point of view. And this saved time and effort for us.”

— Morten Møllegaard, lead technical project manager working with Region H
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