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Somerset School District

 

K-12 education has changed dramatically in recent years. According to Sara Eichten, principal at Somerset Middle School in Wisconsin, “The Common Core State Standards have drastically changed what we need to be doing with our students in both English language arts and mathematics, as well as focusing on disciplinary literacy in science, social studies, and other related arts classes.” So in May 2013 when Somerset School District was selected to participate in a pilot program to test the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) platform to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, it looked to VMware for help. VMware Horizon View helped ease the deployment of the rigorous testing platform and deliver a seamless user experience to students.

"With VMware Horizon View, we didn’t experience any technical issues when we did the [Smarter Balanced] pilot. People were concerned about audio sound quality, videos, mouse movements—those things that are critical in high-stakes testing—but we saw no performance issues whatsoever in our environment. The virtual environment performed the way we expected it to, and we’re very happy with the results.”

— Ryan Sicard, Director of IT, Somerset School District

Southern States Cooperative

 

VMware Horizon 6 Helps Customers Streamline Their Business

VMware Horizon 6 delivers virtualized or hosted desktops and applications through a single platform to end users. Kroll Ontrack, BDP International, and Southern States Cooperative, discuss why they selected VMware over the competition and the impact of Horizon on their business.

“During our evaluation of virtual desktops, we chose to look at Citrix. We didn’t feel well about what we were seeing and we invited VMware in. The technicians and partners were able to stand the entire suite up in one week. To us, that spoke volumes.”

— Steve Tupponce, Manager, Infrastructure Delivery Services, Southern States Cooperative

Southern States Cooperative

 

Southern States Modernizes Retail Operations to Improve the Customer Experience

Southern States leverages VMware Horizon® 6 to deliver virtualized desktop and applications, supporting their mission of being customer-focused and the best at providing products, services and growing solutions for farms.

“Our users have definitely become more productive. We actually now have a standard with Horizon that we’re deploying to all the endpoints.”

“With the old way, it was taking days, if not weeks to onboard a new employee. We’re now able to onboard employees within one day.”

— Steve Tupponce, Manager, Infrastructure Delivery Services

St Edmund’s College

 

St Edmund’s College needed to increase the efficiency and reliability of its IT estate, while enabling a new BYOD solution for pupils and teachers within the school. Using VMware software, the school has virtualized 95% of its servers and 70% of its desktop PCs, providing a new, central platform for managing IT.

“We’re really excited by what VMware’s technology has brought to St Edmund’s College. By giving pupils the opportunity to use their own devices, the children have become much more engaged within lessons and are able to experience new ways of working. Being able to access the school network from home or within the boarding houses is also allowing them to become more efficient and independent learners. Alongside this, we’ve also seen some significant cost and environmental savings for the school through increased energy efficiency and reduced maintenance costs.”

— Paulo Durán, Headmaster, St Edmund’s College

Sydney Adventist Hospital

 

Sydney Adventist Hospital is the largest single-campus private hospital in New South Wales. With the healthcare industry recognising client Electronic Medical Records (EMR) as a cornerstone of reforms, this hospital decided to review how it delivered systems and applications in a clinical environment. By deploying systems based on VMware Horizon View, the hospital has streamlined patient care and boosted the productivity and performance of its medical practitioners. In only two months, this leading Sydney specialist hospital transformed its processes from paper-based to paperless. In this case study and videos, a range of people, from the Head of IS to clinicians, talk about how VMware’s solutions have revolutionised the way the hospital runs. The benefits of access anywhere on any device became rapidly clear to everyone, and now the staff have full access to all patient data concurrently, and from any location and device.

Temasek Polytechnic

 

School at Singapore-based higher education institute has launched one of ASEAN’s largest Horizon View projects to allow students to learn anywhere using any device. The project has also enabled the school to reduce the costs and management involved in delivering desktops, and minimize its datacenter expenditure and environmental footprint.

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

The Oberoi Group

 

The luxury hotel and tourism operator needed to improve returns on its technology assets. Implementing VMware Horizon View with VMware vSphere has reduced operating costs and enabled centralized control and maintenance of desktops and servers, while enabling employees to continue providing high-quality services to guests and corporate clients

"VMware Horizon View and VMware vSphere have improved our TCO by significantly extending the life span of client terminals in our hotels, and mimimizing the carbon footprint of our datacenter and end-user computing environment"

— Ashish Khanna, Assistant Vice President Corporate IT

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

Times Internet Ltd

 

Times Internet, the digital content delivery organisation of Times India, embarked on an aggressive Private Cloud deployment to deliver an elastic, scalable and highly reactive IT infrastructure. 3 datacentres were consolidated to two, and 800 physical servers consolidated to 100 VMs, all within months. With over 30 million unique visits every month, the Times Internet cloud brings high availability to media and content distribution.

"Two of the reasons for cloud were elasticity and scale. On Times of India if there is big news, you will see traffic growth to about 200 to 300%. At that point in time, if you didn’t have elastic infrastructure, you would have trouble in scaling that operation."

— Gautam Sinha, Chief Operating Officer & CTO

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

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

 

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue near Portland, Oregon leverages the VMware RealTime Mobile Response Solution to deliver critical information to mobile first responders and public affairs personnel.

"I would recommend VMware Horizon virtual desktop technology to other agencies facing the same challenges. The benefits that we’ve seen in administration and extending our enterprise network into the mobile and field environment have just been incredibly valuable and incredibly successful."

— April Frezza, Logistics Director, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

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.”

— Ian Rowley, Desktop Manager, IT Services, University of Aberdeen

University of Massachusetts Lowell

 

UMass Lowell Uses Virtual Desktop Solution Designed for High-Performance Graphics to Drive Academic Accessibility and Success

University of Massachusetts Lowell is one of five campuses in the University of Massachusetts system. With a rapidly growing engineering program and an enrollment approaching 20,000 students by 2018, UMass Lowell needed more classroom space.

At the same time, the university wanted to make engineering education more accessible. In the past, courses required expensive workstations or laptops as well as software licenses, creating a barrier to entry for some students.

“All the students in the class can now pull out a device and start practicing what they just learned. The time from lecture to practice was reduced from weeks to seconds.”

— Steve Athanas, Director of platforms and systems engineering

Vasakronan

 

Here, Sören Sandell, CIO at Vasakronan and Marcus Lindstedt, CEO of Excanto talk about Vasakronan’s journey of moving from a traditional office environment to an activity based offices and how Excanto helped in delivering their vision. In their new environment the individual is in the center, and through smart IT solutions that build on VMware vSphere and VMware View provides its employees the freedom to work whenever they want, wherever they want and on whichever device they choose, in a simple, accessible and secure IT environment.

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

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

VIF International Education

 

Learn How You can Use VMware Hybrid Cloud to Extend Your Existing Applications and For Development/Testing

Ever wondered how you can extend your existing applications from your data center into the public cloud to achieve agility and CAPEX savings for handling seasonal workloads, geographic expansion and data center transitions with ease? How can you deliver a truly hybrid platform, allowing you to free up valuable on-premises data center capacity while developing and testing new applications faster?

June 23rd, 2015 8.00 am PST, we hosted a Google+ Hangout event featuring VMware experts and our customers as they provide a deep-dive into the two most common use cases for VMware vCloud Air : Extend Existing Apps and Dev/Test.

“vCloud Air provided us an Agile solution to assist us in our cloud transformation.”

— Lambert M Tomeldan, Director of Information Technology, GCSAA

Vitrociset Spa

 

Vitrociset Spa wanted to simplify desktop management via virtualization, enabling remote management of machines in terms of systems and applications. To offer new user services, such as portable client services, simultaneously reducing indirect costs associated with client maintenance. VMware Horizon Suite has made it possible to manage some 300 client devices, and their goal is to raise this to 600.

“Adopting VMware technology for desktop virtualization has been life-changing for us: it is an outstanding solution”.

— Massimo Salati, ICT Manager of Vitrocise

Wachter, Inc.

 

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."

— Carl Shriver, IT Operations Manager, Wachter, Inc.
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