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Australian Hearing

 

Implementing a hosted disaster recovery service based on VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager has enabled Australian Hearing to avoid AUD$450,000 in costs, recover its critical applications in three hours or less and test its business continuity capabilities without disrupting the organisation.

“Our business continuity and disaster recovery plans refer to a 48-hour recovery time as an absolute maximum. We can now recover all our key applications in no more than three hours.”

— Peter Gasparovic , Chief Information Officer, Australian Hearing

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

A New Zealand Government Department

 

New Zealand Government Department Reboots its Test and QA processes with vCloud Director. One of the New Zealand government’s largest departments is migrating its software testing platform from the physical world to the virtual world, empowering its development teams to create and launch new testing environments in minutes.

A*Star (Agency for Science, Technology and Research)

 

Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research wanted to improve the efficiency of reporting, management and utilization of its VMware infrastructure ahead of a likely move to cloud computing. By deploying VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite, the agency has achieved its objectives, including supporting a 30 percent increase in virtual machine numbers without adding to its datacenter hardware.

ABN AMRO N.V. Singapore

 

ABN AMRO's CTO, Dirk Sibiet, and the CCO of Private Banking, Hans-Peter Borgh, discuss how virtualising the end-user environment boosts security & compliance, significantly reduces costs, and opens up new opportunities for Relationship Managers to visit ABN AMRO Private Bank customers anywhere, anytime.

"Because at ABN AMRO Private Banking we have a lot of relationship managers who are private bankers and who meet their clients outside the offices. We will now be using virtual desktops to make our client conversations so much more relevant, by allowing our bankers, when they are on the road, to access the information they need and the tools they need to help our clients understand their [own] financial situation and financial opportunities better."

— Hand-Peter Borgh, Chief Commercial Officer, Private Banking

ABN AMRO N.V. Singapore

 

ABN AMRO business leaders talk about how they started their virtualisation journey with consolidation and DR, which led then to the current vCloud Suite implantation and the conclusion that any application can be virtualized. In partnership with Professional Services, provisioning time is reduced, DR recovery time slashed, and significant CAPEX savings have been made.

“We as a bank are now convinced that our strategy of moving to a virtual data centre is actually enabling our business to be more efficient and more profitable, and will enable our business to grow at a faster pace because we can [quickly] deliver solutions to market.”

— Dirk Sibiet , Country Technology Officer ABN AMRO Bank N.V. Singapore & ABN AMRO Private Banking Asia and Middle East

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC)

 

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) was one of the few companies in the region to deploy the comprehensive stack of Oracle E-business solutions with mission critical applications such as CRM, Business Intelligence and Oracle databases. This complex solution required stacks of hardware from several vendors, a lot of space, and expensive licenses. Today, with a custom designed VMware virtualization solution, ADPC has consolidated its IT infrastructure resulting in increased performance, savings on hardware maintenance and running costs, and enhanced scalability for further expansion.

“VMware’s dedication, support and expertise enabled Abu Dhabi Ports Company to execute one of the biggest virtualization projects in the region, Oracle E-business suite. The project resulted in a savings of US $ 1.2 million on hardware, power and licensing. We are now 100 percent virtualized and are able to serve our customers in minutes rather than weeks.”

— Dr Saif Al Ketbi, Vice President of IT, Abu Dhabi Ports Company

ACI Specialty Benefits

 

Virtualization with Intelligent Operations Enables 55% Increase in Performance for ACI Specialty Benefits

Facing hyper-growth, ACI Specialty Benefits needed to ensure the company’s infrastructure was poised to proactively support the business. ACI moved to a virtualized data center and deployed vSphere with Operations Management in order to effectively load test, ensure adequate resources to handle demand, and onboard new customers more quickly and effectively. The company can now run applications at high service levels and maximize hardware savings through 40% higher capacity utilization and 50% higher consolidation ratios.

With the added visibility throughout its IT infrastructure, ACI has seen a 25% decrease in time spent on diagnostics and problem resolution. As a result of the operational efficiencies, the IT team is freed up to take on additional strategic initiatives.

“The first time looking at that single pane of glass was very surprising for us to see all of our different VMware infrastructure – at the data center, at headquarters, everywhere. Being able to see where we stood was a game changer.”

— Ryan Fay, Chief Information Officer, ACI Specialty Benefits

ADAC e.V.

 

ADAC e.V., Europe’s Largest Automobile Insurance Association Completes Desktop Migration. With VMware Mirage it migrated 2,400 existing desktop PCs, including user installed applications, files, and profiles to new laptops in a time constrained, three week timeframe.

“With Mirage we had exactly the same IT environment on the PC, but were able to migrate over everything that made that desktop personal to our users... IT was able to separate the IT images on the desktop PCs from the user space — applications, files, and personalization. ”

— Stefan Brandstetter, IT Manager, ADAC e.V.

Adarsh Credit Co-Operative Society Ltd.

 

Tackling rural poverty by encouraging the habit of saving with VMware vSphere

Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society launched in 1999 and has 800 branches across India. The company holds deposits totaling 3,685.41 crore in Indian Rupees (INR) and has made loans to the value of 3,816.99 crore INR, as of March, 2014. Headquartered in Rajasthan – India’s largest state, with its complete IT operations based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, the majority of its customers live in rural areas. VMware vSphere Enterprise and VMware vSphere for Operations Management enables Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society to continue its mission of helping improve the social and financial status of members through savings.

“Before we moved to VMware, server utilization was typically 20 to 25 percent. Today we are maximizing our utilization rates, enabling us to scale our services without adding any more servers. Take away VMware, and we would have had to buy at least five physical boxes, therefore adding to our cost base.”

— Mr Himanshu Shah, Chief Technology Officer, Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society Ltd

Adobe

 

VMware Virtual SAN Helps Adobe Realize Vision of Software-Defined Data Center

As subscriptions to Adobe Marketing Cloud increased, the storage team had difficulties scaling the platform because of the legacy direct-attached storage (DAS) architecture. Since a traditional storage-area network (SAN) solution would be too expensive and complex and a physical overhaul of the storage infrastructure was out of the question, the team explored a virtual solution. After all, Adobe’s computing resources were already virtualized using VMware vSphere—why not do the same for storage? Adobe explored VMware Virtual SAN and determined it was exactly the kind of solution they needed. The results? Virtual SAN not only delivered a cost-effective solution, it also outperformed traditional SAN and DAS solutions. And since system administrators can operate Virtual SAN with no additional training, Adobe can devote their highly skilled storage experts to strategic projects and increase overall operations efficiency.

“Virtual SAN is a highly efficient solution compared to a traditional SAN or DAS approach. By aggregating storage into a single resource pool, Virtual SAN enables us to be much more cost conscious.”

“We can stand up a chassis with Virtual SAN in just hours,” van Rooyen says. Plus,“Virtual SAN has automation capabilities that allow us to deploy compute resources and storage resources as a single operation—in minutes, not hours or days.”

— Frans van Rooyen, Cloud Architect, Adobe

Adways Inc.

 

Adways Inc. runs a diverse and fast-growing portfolio of Internet businesses. To ensure its IT architecture is flexible and responsive enough to support the company's further expansion, Adways recently implemented a VMware-designed software-defined data centre (SDDC) architecture.

“Our software-defined data centre based on VMware vCloud Suite is indispensable to the global growth of our business. We now have a proactive IT infrastructure that is extremely flexible and responsive.”

— Masayuki Ito, Chief Systems Engineer, Information Systems

AIA New Zealand

 

AIA New Zealand replaced its physical firewalls with VMware vCNS with immediate results; significant CAPEX savings, reduced downtime and an agile disaster recovery solution

"VMware has enabled us to undertake a fundamental transformation in how we operate. At this stage we have really only started the journey and there is a lot more to come. It’s very exciting."

— Brannan Hunter, Chief Information Officer

Aledo Independent School District (ISD)

 

For years, the IT team at Aledo Independent School District (ISD) managed thousands of standalone desktops across multiple campuses, laboriously updating software on a machine-by-machine basis. By virtualizing approximately 75 percent of its machines on the VMware Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), the district has vastly simplified IT management and streamlined online test administration while enhancing the end user’s experience.

"I would go into a computer lab, install software on 30 machines, connect to the server 30 times, and so on,” she says. “Then every summer, we’d send out a whole crew of IT folks to go computer by computer, cleaning up machines and doing general maintenance. It was incredibly time-consuming."

— Gayla Gideon, IT Director

Allianz Global Assistance

 

Allianz Global Assistance

“We did a proof-of-concept on VMware View and it was very well received. Our users said VMware was much more user friendly than other desktop virtualization technologies, and their positive feedback was a key reason for choosing VMware.” - Luc Derix Chief Information Officer Allianz Global Assistance

— Luc Derix , Chief Information Officer, Allianz Global Assistance

Amdocs, Inc.

 

Discover why Amdocs chose VMware's Horizon Mirage to manage images across their various offices quickly and efficiently, reducing the burden on their support staff and significantly increasing their compliance with security concerns.

"People were excited about it, being able to tell a customer hey, I got this new backup program and I need to restore something, what do I do, you simply go into Windows Explorer or go to your desktop, right-click on the file folders that you'd like to restore, select the Horizon Mirage client menu, the restore menu, and select the version you want to restore. Point and click and you're done, it's that easy."

— Paul Navarro, IT Service Delivery Manager

AngloGold Ashanti

 

oneERP: Global fully-virtualized SAP

Virtualizing with VMware has given AngloGold Ashanti a unified platform that increases manageability, efficiency, and agility of IT systems around the globe. VMware’s cloud solutions have delivered improved performance and disaster recovery capabilities for AngloGold’s mission-critical, global applications.

“So we looked at best practices, and worked together with SAP, and Accenture, EMC, DELL and Fujitsu. With the collective input, we put together the design with AngloGold that became the roadmap for the execution of the project.”

— Paul Cooper, Principal Consultant, Estrat

Ark Data Centres

 

Ark Data Centres wanted to update its data centre infrastructure with a solution that could improve its resilience levels and help lower operational costs. The business virtualized its data centre environment, running vSphere across its IT estate. Ark cuts costs and increases reliability with VMware vSphere and vCenter Site Recovery Manager.

“We had been looking for a flexible and scalable data centre infrastructure for some time. We wanted something which could offer improved resilience and flexibility but at a reduced cost. Expanding physically was simply not a realistic option and with a rapidly growing customer base, it was clear that VMware’s vSphere was the best possible option for us. Since migrating to a virtualized platform, we’ve seen vast improvements to our uptime and functionality as well as a significant reduction in both operational and capital expenditure.”

— Edward Borton, IT Manager, Ark Data Centres

Ashdod Port

 

Ashdod port is virtualized using VMware solutions

"VMware virtualization solution has brought a million and a half dollars cost savings in the past four years, when 50% cane from savings in software licenses and 50% from electricity, conditioning and hardware such as servers and switches"

— Tal Marder, management supervisor of the virtual environment and the organizational storage array in Ashdod Port

Associated Surgeons and Physicians

 

Mid-market health services provider Associated Surgeons and Physicians has rapidly adopted server and client virtualization and gained significant new benefits, including better mobile and bring your own device (BYOD) support as well as improved disaster recovery (DR).

"Upgrading to a virtual infrastructure has helped us considerably in maintaining and increasing meaningful use expectations, with the ability to be virtual and have the redundancy that gives, along with the fact that VMs seem to run a lot more efficiently virtually. We have better ways to collect data, a lot more uptime, and a lot more efficiency, so we can collect more data from our customers."

— Ray Todich, Systems Administrator at Associated Surgeons and Physicians, LLC.
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