VIF International Education and VMware
User traffic on VIF International Education's Learning Center, an online professional development platform for K–12 educators, grew by more than 500 percent in one year, but its on-premises IT infrastructure couldn’t keep up. This mission-critical service was running on a single server blade without power or network redundancy, leading to unacceptably high downtime. By moving to the VMware vCloud® Air™ platform, VIF gained vastly higher availability and near-unlimited scalability, improved resource utilization by 300 percent, and reduced its IT systems management workload.
VIF International Education builds global education programs that prepare teachers and students for success in an interconnected world. Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the firm supports teachers, schools, and school districts with programs for professional development and curriculum, language acquisition, and cultural exchange. VIF is proud to be a B Corp, certified to meet specific standards for social and environmental performance. VIF is dedicated to developing globally competent citizens with the skills to thrive in an increasingly global marketplace.
“VMware vCloud Air represents for us the opportunity to deliver on our mission to deliver global education for all.”
The VMware IT Ops team replace manual Dev/Test provisioning with end-to-end automation in the Private Cloud, and reduce provisioning time from 4 weeks to near 24 hours.
“With automated application provisioning, we moved our manual Ops model into true agile Dev mode.”
To improve service delivery agility and responsiveness to application developers and test engineers, VMware’s operations organization implemented VMware vRealize™ Suite to accelerate its application delivery process. By automating the end-to-end provisioning and test process as well as leveraging VMware internal private cloud infrastructure services, VMware slashed the time needed to deliver workloads to the development team, increased the predictability of provisioning tasks, and decreased IT costs. The result helped VMware become more agile by improving developer productivity while at the same time decreasing project risk and application backlog.
“By streamlining application delivery and ongoing management, VMware vRealize Suite frees up more time for development and allows IT to be more agile.”
Washington Trust Bank
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"Where we really crossed over the acceptance threshold, in my mind, is when I could sit in a meeting with some of our line of business managers and hear them discussing their business strategy and their business plans around virtual desktop infrastructure."
Zionsville Community Schools
Providing Students with Limitless Learning – Zionsville Community Schools and VMware Horizon
Zionsville Community Schools experienced challenges with maintaining computers and keeping costs down. With VMware Horizon the school district has provided limitless learning, and saved over $20 million in classroom space.
“We started looking at the long term cost savings. It’s well over $20 million dollars that we would be saving just in classroom space by reclaiming these labs.”
Shanghai Police College
Virtual SAN enables Shanghai Police College to build a high performance storage architecture
The Shanghai Police College was founded in 1949 and is the only college in Shanghai to offer full-time programs for individuals wanting to join the police force. It is also the only police academy in China to be included by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance as part of the first cohort in the Model Higher Vocational Colleges scheme.
Faced with operational management pressures and high IT costs, the Shanghai Police College embarked on a project to improve utilization of IT resources and cut down storage costs. They chose virtualization solutions from VMware, viz. vSphere and Virtual SAN, to provide hardware consolidation and rebuild their IT infrastructure. This enabled them to build a dynamic, flexible server and storage architecture, optimized for high performance, at a significantly lower TCO compared to traditional storage. Shanghai Police College have deployed several teaching and library applications along with knowledge and video databases on Virtual SAN. They plan to increase their Virtual SAN environment in the future.
“By using VMware vSphere 5.5 with Virtual SAN, we have simplified our management and operational processes while reducing costs, so we can move a steady step toward SDDC and the ‘Educational Cloud’.”