PALO ALTO, Calif., May 7, 2013 –VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced that MicroStrategy® Incorporated, a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) and mobile software, has implemented the VMware vCloud® Suite to power private and public clouds in support of its internal operations and high-growth global business analytics Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) businesses.
Headquartered in Tysons Corner, Va., MicroStrategy is a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software, including the MicroStrategy Business Intelligence (BI) Platform™, the MicroStrategy Mobile Platform™, and MicroStrategy Applications™. In 2011, business and customer growth compelled MicroStrategy to re-assess its IT infrastructure and operations. Following a four-month evaluation, the company decided to build out private and public clouds powered by VMware software. As a result, MicroStrategy achieved increased operational flexibility and scalability, enabling it to more cost-effectively support existing businesses while bringing new cloud-based services to market.
“We standardized on VMware software, which offered us a comprehensive cloud infrastructure and management solution that simplifies IT operations while enabling agility and business responsiveness,” said Alex Freixas, vice president, Worldwide Information Systems, MicroStrategy Incorporated. “Not only did we use VMware software to build private clouds to improve operational processes for our traditional software business, but we also created a thriving new business by building MicroStrategy Cloud™, one of the world’s leading public cloud services specifically designed for enterprise-grade business analytics.”
Private Cloud Simplifies Business Operations and Delivers Significant Productivity Gains
Following the design and approval of its cloud reference architecture, MicroStrategy implemented its VMware software-based private cloud in only 45 days. Today, MicroStrategy’s private cloud encompasses 3,700 virtualized servers supporting departments such as IT operations, product development, Quality Assurance (QA), customer support and sales.
The private cloud deployment has generated costs savings. Additionally, MicroStrategy IT also reduced the number of physical machines required to run IT operations and business units by more than 200 servers – lowering the overall cost of maintaining, powering and storing physical servers.
In addition, MicroStrategy has experienced productivity gains across a variety of departments. Engineering has dramatically reduced a variety of previously manual processes resulting in savings of more than 8,000 man hours across its global team. The MicroStrategy salesforce can now provision any customer demo within minutes or a proof-of-concept environment within hours via its private cloud, enabling the team to take advantage of business opportunities and showcase product capabilities faster than ever before.
MicroStrategy Cloud Services Deliver Cloud Agility and Scalability to Business Analytics
The success of its VMware software-based private cloud environment played a pivotal role in MicroStrategy’s decision to establish a new business – MicroStrategy Cloud. MicroStrategy Cloud brings the company’s industry-leading business analytics technology together with best-of-breed analytical databases and data integration capabilities into one integrated PaaS. Because customers do not need to buy hardware or software, MicroStrategy Cloud is easier and faster to set up than traditional BI implementations. Leading companies and organizations, such as Johnson & Johnson, Thomson Reuters, Tilly’s, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Ingram Micro, Tapjoy, Angel.com, Coty US, DeRoyal Industries, Elan Polo International, ViSalus Sciences, Wintrust Financial Corporation, and the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT), have found value in MicroStrategy Cloud – deploying high-value analytical and mobile applications much quicker, at a lower cost, and with lower risk than traditional on-premise approaches.
About the VMware vCloud® Suite
The VMware vCloud® Suite 5.1 is a comprehensive solution that integrates VMware’s leading virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, simplifying the adoption of cloud era technologies. The VMware vCloud Suite enables the software-defined datacenter, which delivers on the promise of cloud computing for agile, elastic, efficient, and reliable IT services by extending the benefits of virtualization to every domain in the datacenter – compute, storage, networking, and the associated availability and security services. The software-defined datacenter architecture abstracts all hardware resources and pools them into aggregate capacity, enabling automation to safely and efficiently dole it out as needed for applications.
VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.
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