Montgomery County Deploys Desktop Virtualization and Mobility to Better Serve Its Citizens
Montgomery County needed to respond to mobile and remote access demands from various employee constituencies—from field health workers to judges and sheriffs. It needed an environment where employees could access all their desktops, applications, and online services remotely and securely, from any device on any platform, with single sign-on. It found just that with VMware Horizon, a desktop and application virtualization solution, and AirWatch by VMware, an enterprise mobility management platform to ease desktop and device management for Montgomery County’s IT while boosting employee productivity, protecting sensitive citizen data and cutting costs.
“I never needed to sell this technology to anyone—it sells itself. Users never notice the system is virtual. We have no complaints about speed or performance.”
MVS consulting is an IT consulting company and their goals were to improve business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) capabilities. They needed a reliable solution to back up critical data while providing flexibility and granularity. They were also interested in reducing storage costs by using enterprise-class deduplication technology at a low price point. While using VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced solutions, they found that the VMware integration and storage efficiency were important advantages over other solutions. These capabilities led to overall cost savings and ease of use. They found that vSphere Data Protection Advanced was a good solution to help them meet line of business needs in an agile manner.
“It improved our agility to meet line of business needs and it is easy to deploy.”
National Physician Services
Formed by physicians over 10 years ago, National Physician Services (NPS) is a healthcare technology company located in Hartford, CT. NPS provides technology solutions to healthcare providers to support the workflow of practices that increase efficiency, fulfill regulatory requirements and enhance patient care. NPS purchased and implemented VMware hybrid cloud solutions to develop and test applications, reduce their CAPEX infrastructure, as well as use it for their disaster recovery implementation.
“Using the VMware vCloud Air platform, we now have the cutover capabilities to a mirror disaster recovery environment to ensure uptime for those critical systems our physicians use to threat their patients. This improves our ability to recover quickly from outages and allows us to reduce expenses from other technologies we used as contingency for any system issues. By utilizing the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery technologies, we have reduced our existing RPO by 74% and our RTO by 90%.”
National Physician Services
VMware Webcast Series: Cloud Based Disaster Recovery in Action
No business likes to be vulnerable to downtime or loss of data. However, the complexity and expense of traditional disaster recovery solutions force many businesses to make tradeoffs, and operate with only a limited or no disaster recovery plans. VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery introduces native cloud-based disaster recovery capabilities for VMware vSphere virtual environments. Join us for this webcast and learn how recovery-as-a-service solution is helping businesses protect their environment by using the cloud. Customers featured in this webcast include: MIT Media Lab, National Physicians Services (NPS) and Plainview.
“For National Physician Services, vCloud Air Disaster Recovery has been scalable, responsive and cost effective.”
National Physician Services
National Physician Services Stretches Geographic Reach, Reduces Risk of Data Loss with VMware vCloud Air Solution
Founded by physicians more than 10 years ago, National Physician Services sells and supports third-party tools for practice management and electronic health records (EHR) that help physicians improve the quality of care they deliver to their patients. NPS not only provides the infrastructure to support clinical applications but also offers support, consulting, and training for its customers. The company’s best-of-breed solutions increase efficiencies, fulfill regulatory requirements, and maximize revenue.
National Physician Services (NPS) needed to extend its geographic reach and improve disaster recovery capabilities, so the healthcare service migrated critical applications to the VMware vCloud® Air™ platform. The operational similarities between the VMware vSphere® foundation and the vCloud Air platform helped IT administrators come up to speed quickly. Now NPS can do business anywhere in the United States and has significantly reduced the risk of information loss. In addition, the company no longer has to maintain contingent backup systems, cutting data center costs by 20 percent.
“vCloud Air helps us shorten the time required to migrate new opportunities and practices to our virtual platform.”
Navicure a leading Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse that helps physician practices increase profitability through improved claims reimbursement and staff productivity. Discover how they plan on using vCloud Suite and vCenter Operations Management Suite to manage their virtual environment.
"vCenter Operations Manager will allow us to drill down into symptoms that we're seeing and be able to identify the root problem"
Healthcare claims company Navicure is gaining better control and optimization across its IT infrastructure thanks to a comprehensive monitoring and operational management approach built on VMware.
"vCenter Operations Manager is key to understanding your infrastructure. If you don’t have it today, you're going to be very reactive to some of your pains and the troubles you're dealing with. It allows you to project where you're growing and where you need to put your money into resources, whether that's more storage, compute resources, or network resources."
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”
Neos Ventures GmbH
IT solutions provider helps boost system performance and security for travel industry leader with vShield implementation .
“VMware’s vShield technology provides an excellent solution to the new security challenges faced by organisations, particularly as they make the move to the cloud. The successful implementation of vShield within our customer, a leading global travel industry player, has also provided us with a best practice case study for our business automation cloud strategy proposition.”
This video montage, which aired during Bill Fathers keynote session at VMworld 2014, features customers using vCloud Air. SAIC, Iatric Systems and Perforce Software discusses how VMware vCloud Air is changing the way they do business and how they have benefited.
“The ability to have vCloud Air be a transparent extension of our VMware environment allows us to prototype new applications internally and then deploy them to vCloud Air within a push of a button.”
VMware customers discuss how vCloud Air is changing the way they do business by providing them with flexibility which enables them with new innovations.
A video featuring vCloud Air customers as they discuss how VMware changes the way they do business. Customers featured include: Perforce Software, Legacy Reserves, Custom Windows System, Cloud Business, Carisbrooke Shipping, Bluefin Solutions, Iatric and Nevro Corp.
North Carolina State University
There is no substitute for experience when it comes to operating powerful machines. As part of Naval ROTC training at NC State University, midshipmen learn how to drive any vessel in the U.S. Navy fleet. NC State University Libraries deployed VMware Horizon View to securely deliver a virtual environment with the 3D graphics required for ROTC training. Authorized users can securely access the entire simulated training environment in software from a multipurpose creativity studio. Yet 3D virtualization isn’t just for training, NC State University students, faculty, and staff in other disciplines can also use virtual desktops to access critical 3D design software such as SolidWorks and AutoCAD.
“Naval ROTC is using Hunt Library resources for a simulation program that gives us the flexibility to build different scenarios, different classes of ships, train the students, and then tear that training down in an instant and move the resources over to something else. That flexibility is exactly what universities need in the future.”
North Carolina State University
Everywhere you look on today’s university campuses, you see devices—from laptops to smartphones to tablets. NC State University is no exception. It set the model for how to successfully embrace leading-edge technology and the bring your own device (BYOD) trend with the opening of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library in April 2013. In support of NC State University’s blended learning vision, VMware Horizon View enables anytime, anywhere, any-device access to applications and data, including demanding 3D graphics applications. Desktop services are available anywhere they are needed—on or off the campus—fully supporting a distributed computing environment and student, faculty, and staff device preferences.
“The Hunt Library is the visible lighthouse that says this is a technology leader and it’s everything from the high resolution rooms where you can do innovation to the virtualized desktops that allow students, faculty, and staff to use their services anywhere, anytime they need them.”
Northrim Bank believes that customers deserve the very highest level of service. VMware Horizon View is helping the bank meet its “Customer First Service” goals by enabling workforce mobility between headquarters and branch offices, and serving as a critical component of the bank’s “branch in a box” high-availability solution. Horizon View—together with Cisco UCS E-Series Servers and Atlantis Computing ILIO data-storage technologies—reduces costs, keeps the bank in compliance, and enables always-on access to applications for business-critical processes performed by management, bank tellers, and loan originators.
“With Horizon View, provisioning desktops, which used to be a very difficult, very manual task has become automated and it’s easy for us to deploy not just one or two, but 10 or 20 desktops within a few minutes. With the ability to have different snapshots, different versions and different gold images, we can tailor the user desktop to the business need.”
NTT Neomeit deploys, maintains and manages IT infrastructure for customers throughout the West Japan region. Desktop virtualization is a key part of its roadmap for improving security and management efficiency. However, the virtualization solution that the company initially selected failed to deliver the expected performance and stability, and was therefore jettisoned in favor of VMware Horizon View. The combination of VMware’s proven technology and comprehensive support has resulted in huge performance and stability gains, and significant reductions in operating costs
“With the support of VMware, we completely re-engineered our virtual desktop infrastructure. This delivered major improvements in performance and stability, resulting in a stress-free working experience for our users.”
NTTコミュニケーションズ株式会社 (NTT Communications)
VMware NSX Reduces Migration Man-Hours by 70%
NTT Communications Corporation, a subsidiary of the NTT Group, provides a variety of IT services. Prominent among these are cloud services for global customers. To ensure cloud migrations with its Enterprise Cloud can be completed without requiring customers to change IP addresses, NTT Communications recently adopted the VMware NSX network virtualization platform. As a result, migrations typically now take 70% fewer man-hours to complete.
“The VMware NSX network virtualization platform seamlessly integrates cloud and on-premise resources. We found it significantly reduced the number of man-hours needed both to design cloud services for customers and to carry out the actual migration.”
NX Systems’ journey to the Software-Defined Data Center
NX Systems discusses how it has improved the flexibility of its infrastructure to handle more transactions by using VMware vCloud Suite. The company has increased the number of transactions processed per second from two to over two hundred.
“When you have a team of four to five hundred in other companies, our department was about sixty. Obviously we had to do the economies of scale and scale it out properly. However, where before the stress of the organisation was on the IT department keeping up with the sales team’s direction, their promises, with management targets, etc. now that we are focused on the technology and we have brought it up to speed, we are lowering much of our involvement on operations and doing much more of the R&D, optimisation and re-factoring.”
NX Systems talks about its journey with VMware so far and the solutions it is looking forward to deploying from the latest software-defined data center suite of products.
“The vSphere 6 announcement is very exciting for me – it provides two new features which we’ve been looking forward to for years – long distance vMotion and multi-core Fault Tolerance. VMware’s tighter integration between product components with vRealize automation operations and the SDDC are going to allow us to have a much more hands-off approach for the care and feeding of our infrastructure.”
Nyherji was looking for a way of simplifying its data centre infrastructure while being able to offer its customers a true hybrid cloud environment. Nyherji implemented VMware vSphere to virtualise its server estate, followed by VMware vCloud Suite to create an Infrastructure as a Service and hybrid cloud environment for its customers.
“VMware has enabled us to be the only managed service provider in Iceland which is able to offer our customers Infrastructure as a Service and the option of a hybrid cloud. VMware is incredibly well respected and was, in my view, the only company which we would feel comfortable partnering with. Not only does it have a strong heritage within virtualization and provisioning cloud environments, but we also feel that it offers us tremendous value for money both in terms of the ROI which we see from using these solutions and the VSPP licensing model it offers to us.”
Orange Business Services
Orange is a global telecommunications provider operating in 34 countries. They employ over 170,000 worldwide, including 104,000 employees in France. Orange Business Service is the B2B branch, serving integrated IT and telecoms solutions to over 4000 multinational customers. Their customers are looking for flexibility, agility, elasticity when it comes to their digital transformation. To develop their cloud offerings Orange Business Services chose VMware, to provide the key features for cloud, offering multi tenancy solutions and self-service solutions.
“Cloud is a very strategic ambition for us, 500 million Euros by 2015. It’s a challenge when it comes to innovation it will come from new services from the capacity to integrate all of our customers requirements, both application and combining network infrastructure and cloud infrastructure. Of course, it will be done through our capacity to partner, among those partners VMware is definitely one of the key potential partner for the future.“