Real-World VMware Virtualization Use Cases

Example 1

Profile and Need: Small bank with 15 physical servers, looking to add five more to handle a new application.

VMware Virtualization Results: All objectives achieved for under $50,000. Equivalent non-virtualized solution would have cost more than $335,000.

Objective Result
Reduce data center costs Server count reduced from 20 to three with corresponding savings
Bring new applications online quickly Easy launch of VMs from preconfigured templates
Centralize storage All VMs on iSCSI storage
Provide complete application availability in the event of a server failure Built-in high availability and fault tolerance
Deploy a disk-to-disk backup solution Implemented data recovery with NAS
Disaster recovery (DR) for 100 percent application coverage Host-based VM replication
Objective Result
Reduce data center costs Server count reduced from seven to two with corresponding savings
Centralize storage All VMs on NAS storage
Maintain complete application availability in the event of a server failure Built-in high availability
Deploy a disk-to-disk backup solution Implemented data recovery with NAS
Provide reliable disaster recovery (DR) Host-based VM replication

Example 2

Profile and Need: Small bank with seven MS physical servers, wants to reduce costs, and add high availability and disaster recovery.

VMware Virtualization Results: All objectives achieved for under $10,000. Equivalent non-virtualized solution would have cost more than $102,000.

Example 3

Profile and Need: Regional insurance wholesaler desires a reliable and affordable disaster recovery solution.

VMware Virtualization Results: Significant savings and newfound peace of mind.

Objective Result
Reduce costs Eliminated $400,000 annual expense for outsourced disaster recovery service. Complete payback of virtualized infrastructure within 10 months

Physical server count reduced from 72 to eight, for combined annual savings of $350,000 in payroll and maintenance costs through avoidance of current and future server sprawl
Exceptional day-to-day availability Workloads are migrated from any failed node to a working server without user interruption
Dependable disaster recovery Entire infrastructure is virtualized and protected, with disaster failover to backup servers within hours
Desktop disaster recovery Virtualized desktops can be accessed from anywhere, protecting the business against failure of any physical office site
Objective Result
Quickly modernize infrastructure with one-time cost impact and only minimal as-need spend for further growth Virtualized 144 servers to deploy a private cloud in just 90 days
Deliver high performance and massive capacity to service a fast-growing user base 33 percent more employees and 100 percent more business transactions are supported than previously
Contain costs Servers and desktops are maintained with half the staff previously required, for an annual $900,000 in savings
Deploy a highly scalable and agile IT infrastructure Compute and storage capacity is easily added as needed, with no technology rework
Efficiently support a remote work-force Virtualized desktops are device- and location-independent, enabling employees to work anywhere

Example 4

Profile and Need: Midsize travel insurance company is looking to replace aging and unreliable equipment with a scalable, high-performance IT infrastructure to support aggressive business growth.

VMware Virtualization Results: Transcended previous IT limitations to become an industry leader using cutting-edge technologies to change the way insurance services are delivered.

Example 5

Profile and Need: Small manufacturer of high-performance sports motorcycles needs to create a private cloud to flexibly deliver IT services to its global supply chain and distribution network.

VMware Virtualization Results: Achieved aggressive strategic goals for business, processes, and technology in a fast-track timeframe.

Objective Result
Virtualize the entire infrastructure Rapidly achieved a server virtualization rate approaching 100 percent, significantly reducing capital costs
Achieve unprecedented IT flexibility and agility Applications, solutions, services, and new architectures are deployed with unprecedented speed at modest cost
Support highly complex international projects and rollouts on a limited budget All business requirements are satisfied with available human and financial resources
Leverage the infrastructure benefits of a full-fledged private cloud IT services are supplied to commercial subsidiaries worldwide via private cloud