Featured Customer Story: eMix
Providing medical images and information when and where they're needed is the mission of eMix (Electronic Medical Information Exchange). Instead of sending CDs with patients or setting up costly VPNs to transfer information between facilities, eMix lets medical facility subscribers forward information directly to medical staff. The system is hosted at iland on a VMware vSphere cloud infrastructure that supports HIPAA-compliant applications. The scalable platform is in a logically-separated, hosted private cloud and the eMix gateway is typically provided as a virtual machine. Transferring information and images over eMix when a patient goes straight to the operating room and bypasses emergency room re-diagnosis typically saves between $14,000 and $18,000.
Other Success Stories
With VMware, MicroStrategy offers analytics in the cloud as a platform-as-a-service. Customers come to MicroStrategy for all the components needed for cloud-based analytics, in a pre-integrated format. Customers no longer need to worry about provisioning their own technology, or waiting for lengthy implementation processes that could take months to finish.
"The business itself would not be possible for us to deliver in a cost-effective way if we didn’t have the virtualized infrastructure".
—Alex Freixas, VP MicroStrategy
Based out of Carmel, Indiana, Seven Corners is a global travel insurance, travel medical and travel assistance company, with 800 programs in five major product lines that span over 50,000 members at any given time. In order to keep up with the company’s consistent growth, IT overhauled the entire infrastructure. Through VMware, Cisco UCS, and NetApp FlexPod technology, Seven Corners was able to build a fast and efficient private cloud solution to reduce the time and price of processing an insurance claim, implementing new business, and collecting the premium. Seven Corners is a great example of how an SMB can leverage a VMware-centric infrastructure to rapidly engineer its IT capabilities and build innovative business services that are generating whole new revenues.
"With a solid, virtual, private-cloud solution, the cost of delivering technology services is just very low per member serviced."— George Reed, Chief Information Officer at Seven Corners
Columbia Sportswear is the worldwide leader in outerwear and sportswear apparel and accessories. Based in Portland, Oregon, Columbia has over 4,000 employees and 50 locations (excluding retail space). Columbia Sportswear went from 25% virtual to over 96% virtual today. Given their portability of workloads moving within the data centers, the company now wanted to take a closer look at the option of moving workloads outside the facility with the least amount of complexity. Listen how the Japanese tsunami of 2011 and office/datacenter moves created a need for Columbia Sportswear to leverage the hybrid vCloud.
Subaru and Minivegas
Working with the marketing agency Carmichael Lynch, Subaru USA developed the online marketing campaign www.firstcarstory.com. Minivegas Studio added the interactivity to this campaign with a unique video engine where visitors can input text, select images, and add music – all in real-time. The project requires fast online rendering during variable site traffic rates spurred by strategic media placements by Subaru. Minivegas Studio chose a VMware vCloud Powered Partner to provide the required real-time render capacity within a pay-as-you-go structure that can dynamically add processing power as needed. Without requiring a huge upfront investment, Subaru's site has the processing power it needs to deliver an optimized user experience.
Publishers Clearing House
Publishers Clearing House (PCH) has created a hybrid cloud, expanding their VMware virtualization strategy by integrating their internal virtual machines with Hosting.com's public enterprise cloud platform. A leading provider of digital "Play and Win" entertainment, PCH's online network has more than 10 million unique visitors each month. Today, PCH can extend their private cloud in a secure manner as needed, without making commitments to additional hardware and software costs.
"Partnering with Hosting.com has allowed us to take our VMware virtualization strategy to the next level, helping us to cut costs and enabling a hybrid cloud platform." — Darwin Bravo, Senior Manager of Online Infrastructure and Operations, Publishers Clearing House
Gratifón needed a dependable, scalable and cost-efficient server infrastructure to support its telephone kiosks and a rugged, reliable embedded PC for the kiosks that would be able to stand up to high temperatures and humidity. As an alternative to building and maintaining its own data center, Gratifón runs its public cloud solution on the Dell™ Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services as its supporting infrastructure. Dell OptiPlex™ XE embedded desktops run the kiosks.
"With the Dell vCloud Services, I was up and running in a couple of hours. The greatest thing is, when I wanted to add capacity, it's a point and click experience. Instead of us having to concentrate on the datacenter part of our business, we could concentrate on building great applications." — Oz Yosef, CEO, Gratifón
National Democratic Institute
NDI and its local partners work to promote openness and accountability in government by building political and civic organizations, safeguarding elections, and promoting citizen participation. VMware vCloud Director helps NDI speed technology delivery within efforts that support democracy.
"VMware vCloud Director helps us better serve our users, including those in developing countries. We can configure virtual servers, point to URLs, and fire up applications within a matter of minutes. It’s less costly for us and less time-consuming, and because it’s a virtualized deployment, the hosting costs are also low." — Chris Spence, CTO, NDI
With a server virtualization rate approaching 100 percent, Ducati has embraced virtualization rapidly in just the past few years,and benefited from application flexibility and reduced capital costs. Ducati has private cloud models now deployed across both its racing and street bike businesses.
"Private cloud is already a reality in Ducati. Over our private cloud, we supply services to all our commercial subsidiaries. We supply services to our assembly plant in Thailand or to our racing team at racing venues." — Daniel Bellini, CIO
Charles River Labs
Charles River Labs virtualized its help-desk application that typically handles 100-200 tickets per day, the first deployment of business-critical applications at the company. Deployment objectives included reducing Capex expenses, capping internal datacenter spending, deploying new systems on the public cloud, and migrating others over the next few years.
"I see Cloud being key to our overall strategy moving forward. The days of us investing heavily all of our capital into building hardware and infrastructure are past now. With the options that are available now from cloud partners, they bring agility, flexibility and in some case cost savings as well, for using that model." — Steven Spiers, CTO, Charles River Labs
Learn how SEGA Europe is standardizing its cloud infrastructure across its on-premises operations, as well as with a public cloud provider. The result is a managed and orchestrated hybrid environment to test and develop games, one that dynamically scales productively to the many performance requirements at hand.
"We're restructuring and redesigning the IT systems within SEGA to be more of a development operations team to provide a service to the developers and to the company." — Francis Hart, Systems Architect, SEGA Europe.
Oxford University is one of the oldest universities in the world. Their Computing Service (OUCS) needed to administer a secure database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solution to manage and share research data. VMware’s Hybrid Cloud has enabled OUCS to build a DBaaS that is shared by Oxford Colleges and other research universities.
Hybrid Cloud was the only solution able to overcome security restrictions on datasets which require on-premise location. Increased data protection and improved service levels have enhanced their reputation in research excellence and now proven in production, DBaaS will now be offered as a service to all major UK research universities.